The Supervisor’s Message
Our appreciation and thanks to David E. Bonior
I’ve always valued the visionary work of former United States Congressman David Bonior in promoting recreational opportunities and environmental protections in Clinton Township and the state of Michigan.
During his 26 years in public office, from 1976 to 2002, Mr. Bonior contributed significantly to the appreciation and enjoyment of the outdoors. In July of 2022, I met with him and Township Treasurer Paul Gieleghem to see improvements made to Normandy Park on Little Mack Avenue, south of 15 Mile Road. The park was initially established with funds secured by Congressman Bonior, and the enhancements added by our Department of Public Services focused on a restroom facility, basketball hoops, a playscape, and walking trials.
Our Board of Trustees also recognizes Mr. Bonior’s foresight and leadership in helping to extend the Freedom Trail from Harrison Township, where Candice Miller started it, through Clinton Township. The path is central to the Township’s strategic initiative to connect our non-motorized transportation network to parks and other communities.
As for the environment, Mr. Bonior became known for giving out pine tree seedlings in recognizing the importance of repopulating the tree canopy throughout our community and across the state. It’s said he distributed about a million of them through the years.
With all of Mr. Bonior’s contributions and dedication to the residents of Clinton Township, we expressed our collective gratitude at a ceremony in September to designate our portion of the Freedom Trail as the Bonior Bike Path. And, drawing inspiration from the thousands of pine tree seedlings he handed out, a private group raised funds for a 30-foot tree sculpture in his honor on a parcel of land near the Clinton River along Wellington Crescent. It’s an excellent location for this tribute, as its proximity to the river aligns with other aspects of our strategic goal to develop access points along the river for first responders and fishing access. I believe the tree will become one of Macomb County’s most appreciated outdoor art pieces.
Clinton Township will always be grateful to David E. Bonior for his service to our community.