Metroparks wants feedback on planned upgrades for Lake St. Clair and Stony Creek parks – Macomb Daily

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With plans underway to improve accessibility to water and recreational trail facilities at two Metroparks in Macomb County, the Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority is seeking public input on the projects.

Metroparks officials have submitted grant applications to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Grants Program that could be used to supplement funding for their annual budget.

If approved, the grants would help pay for proposed improvements to the West Boardwalk area and nearby facilities at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township and the Reflection Nature Trail at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township.

“Public support and feedback helps guide the final design of park improvements and results in
stronger apps, so Metroparks wants to hear from the community,” Metroparks spokesperson Danielle Mauter said in a press release.

The Lake St. Clair Metropark project would include:

• Renovation and improvements to the boardwalk
• Addition of paved walkways to connect the picnic areas to the main promenade
• Addition of several picnic tables and barbecues accessible to existing shelters and picnic areas
• Removal of concrete stairs and ramps that do not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards
• Addition of an accessible leisure mat on the sand and in the water to allow greater accessibility to the beach
• Move existing amenities such as garbage cans and pet waste stations to accessible areas

• Addition of native plants, site furniture, accessible viewing field and interpretive panels

A little girl reacts after playing putt-putt golf at Lake St. Clair Metropark in Harrison Township. (PHOTO – HURON-CLINTON METROPARKS AUTHORITY)

At Stony Creek Metropark, which spans Oakland and Macomb counties with 4,430 acres used for year-round recreation and education, park officials are looking to dress up the area around the Reflection Nature Trail.

Improvements would include:

• Replacement of three bridges
• Replacement of the existing wharf with a shore viewing platform
• Push-button accessible doors at the main entrance of the Center de la nature
• Moving benches to accessible areas
• Various landscaping elements including new native plantings and accessible grassland development
• Modification of the existing trail for accessible slopes and cross slopes

A third project would see similar improvements at the Delhi Metropark near Ann Arbor to improve accessibility along the Huron River by renovating the site to add a new floating dock system and boat launch area/ expanded take-out.

The public can review the projects, including concept plans, as well as find Zoom meeting links, the Metroparks website at metroparks.com/planning-and-development/#FEEDBACK.

A group of people enjoy walking the trails at Stony Creek Metropark in Shelby Township. (PHOTO – HURON-CLINTON METROPARKS AUTHORITY)

Metroparks staff provide multiple opportunities to provide feedback. Three virtual town hall meetings are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 17; 6-7 p.m. Thursday February 17 and 11 a.m.-noon Saturday February 19.

Additionally, feedback can be given through an online survey. Polls will be open until February 28. Finally, there will be a virtual public hearing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 prior to the Council of Commissioners meeting.

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