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Posted on Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 5:57 a.m.

Ypsilanti Border to Border trail project may receive $300K in additional state funding

By Katrease Stafford

The proposed Border to Border Trail project that will run through the Water Street property in Ypsilanti received some good news from Michigan's Department of Natural Resources Friday.

The DNR published the standings for proposed 2013 projects funded by its Trust Fund grants and the Water Street area Border To Border Trail project came in at 22 out of 102 projects seeking funding, meaning the project is in a good spot to receive funding. The city requested $300,000.


A pedestrian bridge will cross the Huron River just north of Michigan Ave.

File photo

City Planner Teresa Gillotti said the city is feeling optimistic after receiving word from the state. For the 2011 round, 77 projects received development grant funding, worth more than $16 million.

The entire project is estimated to cost about $592,000, Gillotti said.

"We haven’t been awarded it yet," Gillotti said. "But we scored pretty well and we’re happy with it. Based on last year's round, it looks favorable, but you never know until the state gives the initial word."

The scores are based off of different factors and categories, with a maximum amount of points available in each category.

In 2011, the city applied for a Trust Fund grant to fund a separate part of the Border to Border Trail. The city received word earlier this year that the Ypsilanti Heritage Bridge Development project, which will include a pedestrian bridge over the river under Michigan Avenue and a fishing pier, received a $289,400 grant.

That portion of the project will see the bridge connect the Border To Border Trail from Riverside Park to Water Street near where the proposed $12 million recreation center could be built on Water Street.

Gillotti said the city is still working with Fischer Honda, at 15 East Michigan Ave., to develop an agreement to allow the trail to run through its property. The trail would go through the corner of its parking lot on the west side. Gillotti said Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation has taken on the part of the project reaching out Honda.

"That is under way," she said. "They've been great so far."

Ideally, the city is still looking at a 2013 target construction date, but Gillotti said it does not want to move forward until it knows whether it will receive funding.

"We’d like to construct both projects together because it would be smoother and cheaper to only have to mobilize a construction team once," Gillotti said. "We want to wait for approval from the state for the allocation. ... We don’t want to take the process to the next step until we have the money in hand."

Linking Frog Island Park, Riverside Park, Water Street and Water Works Park continues to be a priority for the city, Gillotti said. The trail also will continue southward into Ypsilanti Township. Connecting to surrounding communities and counties, could be a possibility.

"All along with the Water Street redevelopment project, we wanted to set up and maintain public access to the river," Gillotti said. "... The next step is to connect it to Wayne County. ... To keep it going is further development of a great asset."

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Bob Krzewinski

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 : 12:56 a.m.

For a specific map of the proposed Water Street area Border To Border Trail improvements, visit It should be also kept in mind that the completion of this trail segment could be a real plus for development of the Water Street area. Across the nation, developers see non-motorized trails as a huge "plus".


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 7:13 p.m.

Thanks, Theresa and the City of Ypsilanti for your hard work on this project!


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 5:10 p.m.

Great news!

Dan Blakeney

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

Great News. Ms.Gillotti, thank you for working on these projects that enhance life in our town. I for one appreciate it. Bravo!


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 3:31 p.m.

So would that be in conjunction with the new rec center Ypsi seems to be waffling on?

Katrease Stafford

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 4:01 p.m.

The two projects are not directly connected, but officials are hoping the two will enhance each other since the trail would be located closely to the proposed recreation center. I do know though, that the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation department is involved in both projects.

Katrease Stafford

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 3:14 p.m.

This link has multiple maps of the trail:

Bob Krzewinski

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:42 p.m.

Just to clarify too, NO funds from the City of Ypsilanti will be used to construct this trail. Primary funds are from the DNR Trust Fund, with additional funds from a Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission parks and trail fund (a fund approved by County taxpayers in 1998 and again in 2008). It should also be noted that both funding sources are required by law to spend their funds only on recreational projects (i.e. these funds cannot be transferred to other non-recreational projects. Bob Krzewinski Friends Of The Border To Border Trail

Dog Guy

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 1:59 p.m.

How many workers commute between Dexter and Ford Lake?


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 4:48 p.m.

That's funny, as I was NOT wondering that, you know, since it's completely irrelevant.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 3:27 p.m.

I was wondering that myself.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 1:50 p.m.

Will this trail be maintained throughout the year? I'm sure those looking for some fresh air exercise would love to walk this in the winter.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

I love this!! Is there a map of the proposed route available? I assume this will be a paved trail? Hopefully it's not too narrow--nothing worse than trying to navigate around walkers on a narrow trail. Now all I've got to do is find a comfortable bike seat (as if one exists).

Katrease Stafford

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

Thanks for the links, Ross! If any of you have trouble accessing those links, try this one:


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

stupid commenting system here. Just google "washtenaw border to border trail" and you'll find the map link on the ewashtenaw site.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:12 p.m.

try again. might have to paste the next three lines together. departments/parks_recreation/forms%20and%20publications/ brochure/brochure_b2b.pdf


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:11 p.m.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 1:30 p.m.

I second that. A ride from Dexter to Ford Lake with minimal car interaction would be great fun for the whole family. It will really be wonderful if/when I can take a bike ride from my Ann Arbor home to my old Detroit home without too much car traffic. I love this type of progress!!!

Dan Ezekiel

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 11:39 a.m.

Great news. I look forward to biking from Hudson Mills to Ford Lake some time in the not too distant future!