The display board for the proposed Rapids View project at Hudson Mills Metropark.

By Lonnie Huhman,

One hope of the Hudson Mills master plan is to see the park’s Rapids View picnic area improved, and become even more visitor-friendly.

However, before that can happen, project planners need to hear from the community and users of the park.


In a press release, Huron-Clinton Metroparks said it’s seeking input on a proposal to the Michigan Natural Resources Recreation Grants program to make improvements to the Rapids View picnic area at Hudson Mills Metropark.

According to Metroparks planner Jason Bibby, this project could help realize several goals identified in the Hudson Mills Master Plan adopted by the Metroparks Board of Commissioners in September 2017.

Bibby said the project plan includes: new upper parking lot and designated trailer parking spaces;  new turnaround drop-off for paddlers and redeveloped lower parking lot; accessible launch improvements;  accessible picnic area and river overlook and an accessible vault latrine restroom.

Hudson Mills Metropark is on the National Huron River Water Trail and Washtenaw County’s Border-to-Border Trail (B2B), and it provides a direct link to the Iron Belle Trail just south of the park.

The Huron-Clinton Metroparks is a regional park system created in 1940 by the citizens of southeast Michigan to provide excellent recreational and educational opportunities while serving as stewards of its natural resources.

Bibby said the proposed improvements would connect with the B2B trail.

At this point the plan is in the concept phase, so input is important. Bibby said initial input for improving this area of the park was taken in during the master planning process.

“This could be a really nice improvement,” Bibby said.

Huron-Clinton Metroparks said interested parties are invited to review the conceptual site plan, posted on the Metroparks website at Bibby said a project display will also be posted at the Dexter District Library located at 3255 Alpine Street, in Dexter, through Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Written comments will be accepted via email to or in hard-copy at the display location. A public hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. March 14, at the Metroparks administrative office at 13000 High Ridge Drive in Brighton.