DEARBORN – State Representative George T. Darany (D-Dearborn) applauded the approval of a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) development grant that was awarded to the city of Dearborn to extend the Rouge River Gateway Trail. The city will receive $280,000 to extend the trail and connect it to Ford Field Park. The project is one of 76 that support outdoor recreation development and land acquisitions that will be funded throughout the state in 2013.

“As a lifelong Dearborn resident, I know firsthand how special the Rouge River Gateway Trail is to my hometown,” Darany said. “With more than 40 parks, playgrounds and walkways throughout the city, many residents take full advantage of these outdoor recreation opportunities and this trail is no exception.”

The quarter mile Rouge River Gateway Trail extension will provide an alternate means for residents to safely travel to Ford Field Park, other than driving. This will help encourage physical activity and promote and protect the health and well-being of the community.

“With the weather getting warmer, I know many individuals are ready to get outside and enjoy all that our beautiful community has to offer,” Darany said. “I truly appreciate everyone at both the state and local level who worked so hard to make this initiative a reality. This project helps advance Dearborn’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all of our residents, while working toward improving our local economy and tourism opportunities.”