Border to Border Trail Receives $300 K Grant

By Katrease Stafford Ypsilanti Reporter

Angela J. Cesere | file photo Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for

Angela J. Cesere | file photo
Katrease Stafford covers Ypsilanti for

The city of Ypsilanti has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund grant program to go toward the Border to Border Trail project that will run through the city’s Water Street property.

Ypsilanti is the only community in Washtenaw County to receive a grant for the 2012 round.

Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation on March 27, approving $23,348,700 in trust fund grant appropriations, funding 76 recreation development projects and land acquisitions in 43 Michigan counties.

Ypsilanti’s funding will be used to construct a multi-use trail, plaza, fishing pier, Huron River overlook, signage and site amenities. The city believes the enhancements will attract bikers, walkers, strollers and joggers to the area.

The entire project is estimated to cost about $592,000. The city already received a $289,400 trust grant that also will go toward the Border to Border Trail project.

The pedestrian bridge will cross from Riverside Park to a corner of the Fischer Honda dealership parcel on the east side of the Huron River. The city recently approved a $31,500 purchase of access easement with the dealership, allowing them access to a piece of property.

The city, who is working with the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation on this project, met on Tuesday, March 12 to approve funding to cover the cost of the easement.

City Planner Teresa Gillotti previously told it was looking at a 2013 construction date. Linking Frog Island Park, Riverside Park, Water Street and Water Works Park continues to be a priority for the city, Gillotti said.

State Sen. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor, applauded the city receiving the grant.

“Washtenaw County has long been a leader in preserving our beautiful parks and green spaces, and I am honored to represent constituents who understand the important role these special places play in our quality of life,” Warren said in a statement. “I commend the Natural Resources Trust Fund for supporting this critical project, which will make a number of recreational activities more accessible to our residents, while improving the local economy and encouraging tourism in the area.”