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Groups to Mark Completion of 30-mile Greenway

posted Oct 8, 2013, 5:13 PM by Greenways Webmaster   [ updated Oct 10, 2013, 12:58 PM ]

HURON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Events this week will mark the completion of a 30-mile greenway for bicycle riders, walkers and runners in southeast Michigan that expands area recreation offerings.

A ribbon-cutting is planned for Wednesday on the Flat Rock-Oakwood Connector Trail at Oakwoods Metropark in Wayne County's Huron Township, the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative said. On Saturday, a community celebration takes places at Huroc Park in Flat Rock.

"The public is invited to walk, run or bike down the new segment of the trail," organizers said in a statement about Saturday's event. A second ribbon-cutting takes place at the community celebration, and a nature scavenger hunt and other events are planned.

The mile-long trail is the final piece of a 30-mile east-west greenway connecting Oakwoods Metropark and Lake Erie Metropark.

Funding for the about $684,000 project was provided through federal money and a local match from the state Department of Transportation and Department of Natural Resources. Work included the path between Oakwoods Metropark and Huroc Park.

The City of Flat Rock and others were involved in the effort. Construction of the overall trail began in 2001 with help from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan's GreenWays Initiative and others. Construction on the final mile began in May.

Below are a few links to articles announcing the event: