Connecting the Rouge

From the Connecting the Rouge planning team:

Trails, greenways, and other non-motorized transportation facilities are becoming a critical part of southeast Michigan’s mobility infrastructure. Whether helping to connect people to recreation opportunities and nature, tourists and visitors to local economies, or residents to their schools and jobs such facilities play heavily into the quality of life of the region.

Connecting the Rouge is a community greenway planning effort initiated by Wayne County Parks and funded through a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. This effort seeks to improve access to the Hines Drive trail system, the Lower Rouge River Greenway, and the Rouge River Gateway Greenway. This effort identified linkages between neighborhoods, communities, jobs, commercial areas, and destinations throughout the Rouge River valley. Ultimately, the planning process is a chance to take stock of current facilities and position county government, local municipal partners, and other agencies to pursue and implement critical non-motorized connections in Wayne County.

The Connecting the Rouge Framework Plan was developed iteratively through the planning process, incorporating the results of the technical analysis and evaluation as well as stakeholder and community feedback. The framework plan began with the overall network of potential routes and then refined those projects down into a Priority Network of routes that should be pursued first for implementation.

Please take a minute to review the draft report at where you can also find a brief overview of the project and a survey to provide feedback.

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