Planting Completed at New Pollinator Garden on the Paint Creek Trail

PLANTING COMPLETED AT NEW POLLINATOR GARDEN ON THE PAINT CREEK TRAIL Garden Honors Late Paint Creek Trail Bike Patroller David Moutrie Rochester Hills, Michigan: The Friends of the Paint Creek Trail in conjunction with the Paint Creek Trailways Commission recently installed a new pollinator garden along the Paint Creek Trail. The new garden is located approximately ¼ mile north of Tienken Road in Rochester Hills. Named in honor of the late David Moutrie, a teacher, environmentalist, and active supporter of the Paint Creek Trail, the garden is a fitting tribute to a man known by many as the “Trail Ambassador”.…

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Paint Creek Trail Celebrates Virtual Natural Trails Day

Paint Creek Trail Virtual National Trails Day® Saturday, June 6, 2020  Rochester, Michigan: On Saturday, June 6, 2020, the Paint Creek Trailways Commission will virtually celebrate its 22nd Annual National Trails Day® due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. According to the American Hiking Society, “National Trails Day® is the only nationally coordinated event designed to unite all muscle-powered trail activities with the goal of connecting more people to trails. Every trail beckons adventure and has a story to share with any person willing to discover it, and the American Hiking Society believes these trail experiences can improve the lives of every…

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Paint Creek Trail Users Urged to Maintain 6-Foot Distance

PAINT CREEK TRAIL USERS URGED TO MAINTAIN 6-FOOT DISTANCE Even Outdoors, People Must Maintain Proper Social and Physical Distancing of Six Feet Rochester, Michigan: The Paint Creek Trail, like other recreation trails across the state, has seen a significant increase in users since the stay at home order was issued by Governor Whitmer on March 23rd. Michiganders have turned to trails as a way to find respite and get exercise outdoors during a tremendously challenging time in our country. Both medical and public health experts agree that physical activity is crucial to maintaining well-being as long as safe social distancing…

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Paint Creek Trail Announces $400,000 Grant

Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation Gift Funds Replacement of Deteriorating 95-Year Old Bridge and the Resurfacing of the Entire Paint Creek Trail Rochester, Michigan: The Community Foundation of Greater Rochester has been awarded a $408,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation for the benefit of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission. This grant will be used to fund two major projects on the Paint Creek Trail, a popular 8.9 mile regional rail trail and key link in Oakland County’s Oak Routes and Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail network. Funding from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation will enable the Trailways…

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Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Recommended for State Grant to Develop Iron Belle – Paint Creek Trail Northern Trailhead

On Dec. 12th the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board recommended that Oakland Township Parks and Recreation Commission (OTPRC) be awarded a $228,400 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for improvements at the Township’s Paint Creek Junction Park.  The purpose of this grant project, titled “Iron Belle – Paint Creek Trail Northern Trailhead” is to provide a trailhead at Paint Creek Junction Park, adjacent to the Paint Creek Trail.  Since the Paint Creek Trail is an important link in the statewide Iron-Belle trail system, this project also supports that trail too! Many residents may not know that each community that…

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Paint Creek Trail Hires New Manager

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission, an intergovernmental agency that owns and operates the 8.9 mile recreational Paint Creek Trail, is proud to announce the hiring of Melissa Ford as the Paint Creek Trail’s new manager. Ford’s responsibilities as Trail Manager include overseeing the maintenance of the Trail, managing Trail development projects, grant administration, and leading updates of the Trail’s Recreation Master Plan.

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Bridge 33.7 – Sinkhole – July 25, 2018

Bridge 33.7 Update: Yesterday, we had a large sinkhole at the southern end of Bridge 33.7 on the Paint Creek Trail in Oakland Township. This is the middle bridge between Dutton and Silver Bell, and the one that is in the process of being replaced. It was supposed to be replaced this summer, but the bids came back too high and the project has been delayed until Spring 2019. We contacted our engineers and provided them a photo of the sinkhole, and the measures that were taken to repair it. Based on that information, they have advised that the hole…

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