In support of overall plans to create a 26 mile loop trail through Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park and Dearborn called the Inner Circle Greenway, the nonprofit Detroit Greenways Coalition received a $5,000 grant from the Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund.
The local organization was one of only six winners out of 215 submissions. The grant is to help raise awareness and build support for constructing the Inner Circle Greenway rail-trail segment within the city of Highland Park.
1.4 miles of abandoned rail corridor is within the enclave city that is part of the planned larger project (see map above).
According to the coalition, the Inner Circle Greenway is the largest urban trail project within the state of Michigan. It began as eight miles of abandoned rail corridor to create a 26-mile loop trail that extended the work of the Detroit RiverWalk and Dequindre Cut into the neighborhoods, and is seen as one of the keys to Detroit’s revitalization efforts.