March 14, 2022
Clinton Township river trail projects receive federal funding
Congressman Andy Levin secures $640,000 for Clinton River trail projects.
CLINTON TOWNSHIP – Clinton Township’s strategic goal to develop a Clinton River trail system received a $640,000 boost last week thanks to Rep. Andy Levin, whose district includes most of Macomb County south of M-59.
As a member of Congress, Levin advocated on behalf of Clinton Township for public projects considered by the Federal Appropriations Committee.
“Andy Levin recognized, along with us, that the Clinton River is part of our identity and a resource that provides amenity richness and the recreational opportunities that people seek,” said Township Treasurer Paul Gieleghem. “With Congressman Levin’s help, we’re expanding that opportunity by building a Clinton River Water Trail,” he said.
Water Trail projects include the installation of a new universally accessible kayak launch at Budd Park, a day-use rest stop at Mill Park, located across from George George Park, treefall and log removal along the portion of the river between Sterling Heights and Mount Clemens, and removal of a deteriorating structure on the banks of the river north of Canal Road. The projects are part of local and regional master plans to stimulate Macomb County’s “blue economy” further.
“For too long, it’s felt like local governments have been paddling against the current,” said Gieleghem. “With the help of these dollars invested in our shared vision, Clinton Township’s portion of the Clinton River will now be the place to go for water recreation.”