The public is invited to celebrating the opening of the Huroc Park West Bridge, formally known as the “Bridge to Nowhere” on Saturday Oct. 12th
The Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative (DLGI) along with the City of Flat Rock will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Flat Rock-Oakwood Connector Trail at a community celebration that will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12. This the final piece one-mile trail that is a part of the 30-mile east-west greenway connecting Oakwoods to Lake Erie Metropark.
The trail, on which construction began in May, was created in partnership with the City of Flat Rock, Huron-Clinton Metroparks and others, and costs approximately $684,300. Funding was provided through federal funds and a local match from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
The community event on October 12th will start at 10 a.m. at Huroc Park in Flat Rock. The public is invited to walk, run or bike down the new segment of the trail. You can also participate in a nature scavenger hunt, and visit the Oakwood Nature Center and Vreelend Cemetery, where members of the Flat Rock Historical Society will explain who the Vreeland Family was and why they are buried in the middle of the park. “Jack’s Bike Shop” in Monroe will conduct bike inspections free of charge. “Michael’s On The River” will provide refreshments.
Speakers at the ribbon cutting will include:
- Flat Rock Mayor Jonathan Dropiewski
- Tom Woiwode, Director, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s GreenWays Initiative
- Anita Twardesky, Co-Director, Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative
- Joe Pagano, Chairman, Flat Rock DDA
- Sandy Mull, President, Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber
- Local resident who uses the trail to commute to work
- Representative from the Huron River Watershed Council.
The creation of the trail started in 1999 with the plan development of the East-West Connector that went from Huroc Park in Flat Rock to the City of Rockwood to Gibraltar. This project included five funding sources, three communities and Wayne County. Construction began in 2001 with help from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan GreenWays Initiative and others.
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