Downriver expected to get two more greenway trails throughout community

TRENTON, Mich. (WXYZ) - Construction of two greenway trails in Downriver is expected to begin this fall as part of a regional initiative to link nearby communities, residents, and visitors.

The project is part of the Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative. The DLGI represents over 20 communities that want to create a non-motorized trail system throughout areas of southeast Michigan.  

The area will undergo two projects. The first project has been given $900,000 from Wayne County and the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. The funds will go toward a greenway trail and improvements at Elizabeth Park.   

The second project will focus on connecting Elizabeth Park and the Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge to a Refuge Gateway of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge by a greenway trail along Jefferson Avenue. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Lands Access Program is funding this initiative.

Anita Twardesky, Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative co-chair and community outreach coordinator for Riverside Kayak Connection says, “these two endeavors are vital to the region as they will help protect natural resources, improve public access to federal opportunities for Wayne County residents and many visitors.”

Both projects will expand DLGI’s north/south connector and connect communities with unique destinations like Elizabeth Park and the Refuge Gateway. Over $12 million has been provided that has linked four major metropolitan metro parks by more than 50 miles of continuous pathways.   

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