The University of Michigan Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Dixboro Rd. Trail
Linking a great university botanical garden with Parker Mill County Park, the Washtenaw Border-to-Border trail, and beyond

The opportunity:

  • A two-mile, off-road paved trail parallel to Dixboro Rd. will connect the Matthaei Botanical Gardens destination to a network of cities, parks, trails, and schools in southeast Michigan.
  • A critical deadline for fund commitments is January 18, 2017.
  • The trail has received $2.9 million in gifts from individuals and conditional commitments from the State of Michigan, Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Township, Toyota, and NSF International.
  • Because these funds are contingent upon our raising matching funds before construction bids are opened on February third, we’re asking for your support to bring in the final $79,000.

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The details:

  • The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission launched funding for the project with $250,000 two years ago. The Michigan Department of Transportation followed with a $1.17 million grant.
  • Because it provides a critical north-south nonmotorized transportation connector, the trail fits the priorities of state, county, township, and the botanical gardens.
  • The trail route winds through several beautiful ecosystems with forested areas, hills, wildlife, and birds.
  • Anyone already using the Washtenaw County Border-to-Border Trail will have access to the Dixboro trail. Even those along the governor’s Iron Belle Trail stretching from Belle Isle to Iron Mountain in the Upper Peninsula will be able to ride or walk to the new trail.

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