Rochester, Michigan: The Paint Creek Trailways Commission recently began work on its 2020-2024 Paint Creek Trail Recreation Master Plan. An invitation is being extended to the public to share thoughts and ideas regarding potential trail improvements.
In conjunction with the Paint Creek Trail planning consultant, Giffels Webster, we are inviting the public to participate in this process – as individuals, citizens, or as representation of trail user groups or organizations. Community participation is crucial, as this vital Master Plan process will help us forecast our current, short term, and long term trail facility needs and conditions. It will also allow the Paint Creek Trailways Commission to submit grants in the future to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund for trail development projects.
The public can participate in the process by completing an online survey. The survey will help identify trail use, needs, preferences, potential projects, and the satisfaction of trail users. This twenty-five question survey should take 6-8 minutes to complete and can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/paintcreek2019. Paper copies of the survey can be obtained at the Paint Creek Trailways Commission office located at 4480 Orion Road, Rochester, MI 48306.
“Your opinions and ideas matter,” says Trail Manager Melissa Ford. “An important part of the planning process is receiving input from our trail users and stakeholders to form our goals and objectives for the next five years. With this plan, the Trailways Commission hopes to provide a framework for the direction of the Trail and have a positive effect on the quality of life in our trail communities”.
In late fall, the draft report, including survey results, will be presented to the Trailways Commission for discussion and refinement through a public hearing. The 2020-2024 Recreation Master Plan is tentatively scheduled for approval by the Trailways Commission on January 21, 2020.
About the Paint Creek Trail: The Paint Creek Trail was the first non-motorized rail-to-trail in the State of Michigan, and traverses through the communities of Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township, and the Village of Lake Orion. The Trail annually serves approximately 100,000 pedestrians, cyclists, equestrians, anglers, nature enthusiasts, and users of all ages and abilities. For more information on the Master Plan or the Paint Creek Trail, visit www.paintcreektrail.org, or call (248) 651-9260.