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County reveals long-term plans for Sharon Mills County park

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A long-term Master Plan for Sharon Mills park was unveiled this weekend.

A long-term Master Plan for the Sharon Mills County park was unveiled this weekend.

On Sunday October 2nd, the Washtenaw County Parks Commission held an open house at Sharon Mills County Park to unveil the park’s Master Plan. The Master Plan defines an overall vision for the park and will be used to guide the Parks Commission in future development. The plan is divided into phases that will be implemented based on demand and available funding.

Park planner Richard Kent was on site and shared some of the long-term plans for the park. Some of the planned site improvements include: the area around the mill will be improved with a short trail behind the pavilion to allow greater access to the River Raisin; the shore line will be restored to address erosion issues; enhanced exhibits and interpretive signage will be added in the mill. Recreational amenities include trails connecting Sharon Mills Park to adjacent protected land owned by The Nature Conservancy (TNC), increasing the hiking trails system from 3 miles to 6.5 miles. The trails in the TNC preserve will in turn connect to the Sharonville State Game Area.

Increased access to the river includes an overlook and canoe put in/livery to be operated in cooperation with the Village of Manchester

If demand grows, long-term recreation amenities include a picnic pavilion, informal ball fields, and a play structure.img_1798 img_1793

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