DOWNRIVER: Greenway Project Receives $25,000 Grant

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The Downriver Linked Greenways Initiative received a boost recently with a $25,000 grant.

The money was given by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to the Greenways for its effort of connecting people and nature.

The Greenways was one of 25 nonprofit groups in the region that was given a grant.

“This special grant will allow the greenways initiative to move forward with several projects, including signage for the community trails, reprinting the program brochure, a survey of the economic impacts of our water trail and possibly a mini-grant program,” said Mary Bohling, co-chairwoman of the Greenways.

Bohling also is a Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator.

Anita Twardesky, co-chairwoman of the Greenways and marketing director for Riverside Kayak Connection in Wyandotte, said she’s honored and excited about the recognition.

“The real kudos go to all of the local champions who have been diligent in their efforts to develop water and greenway trails Downriver and the Downriver Community Conference, who continues to serve as fiduciary,” Twardesky said.

Since its inception in 1999, the Greenways has been uniting people with the area’s natural resources through pedestrian pathways and water trails.

More than $10 million has been invested in the initiative to create a greenway trail system that connects communities to almost 5,000 acres of natural and cultural areas.

The greenway trail system stretches from Detroit to Monroe and from I-275 to the Detroit River.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan gives grants from donations from people and organizations. The foundation awarded 25 grants totaling $625,000 for community support, in recognition of its 25th anniversary.

For more information, about the Greenways, visit www.cfsem.org.

Source: The News Herald Date: September 1, 2009 By: Francesca Chilargi