By SHERRI KOLADE
DEARBORN — A new non-motorized trail extension at Camp Dearborn will give users a safer space to travel after City Council members unanimously approved a perpetual easement agreement between Camp Dearborn and the Huron Clinton Metropolitan Authority on Dec. 18.
The one-third-mile, 8-foot-wide non-motorized asphalt trail will start near the main beach at Camp Dearborn in Milford, and cross the Huron River with a 70-foot-by-8-foot steel truss bridge.
The Milford Trail System, in Milford, will connect at General Motors Road to Proud Lake State Recreation Area in Commerce Township, Kensington Metropark in Milford and other nearby parks and trails.
In August, Gov. Rick Snyder approved the project’s $268,900 grant; the city matched the grant by 30 percent with $115,200.
The extension project also will include a handicap-accessible fishing platform and canoe and kayak launch on the Huron River; the project is slated for completion by the spring or fall.
Campers and visitors currently have to access the Camp Dearborn trail through General Motors Road. The road often is congested with foot and vehicle traffic and is a nuisance, Recreation & Parks Department Director Greg Orner said.
“A lot of families would have to bike down General Motors Road,” Orner said. “The trail is a pristine area in the woods with no traffic.”
Orner said families will have a safe path on which to walk or bike.
Denise Semion, Huron–Clinton Metroparks communications chief, said the trail extension will be beneficial to local and area residents.
“The trails will be a wonderful addition to the trail community,” Semion said. “More trail connections provided to people
are a wonderful assest to the community.”
The trail connection will provide free trail access to the more than 250,000 visitors to Camp Dearborn annually with about 112,500 of them being Dearborn residents.