Introducing HWPI’s New Executive Director

Please join us in welcoming Kiff Hamp as the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative’s (HWPI) new Executive Director. We are excited to engage Kiff’s talents and leadership as we continue to facilitate the development of non-motorized recreational pathways across Washtenaw County and as we help connect the Border to Border Trail to Michigan’s expanding network of trails. We also extend our heartfelt gratitude to outgoing Executive Director Susan Faulkner, for her five years of dedicated and outstanding service to HWPI.

Kiff Hamp and his family

Kiff has spent the past two years as Associate Director of Grants for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, overseeing all grant and foundation activity, as well as other development work, for the organization focusing on Michigan’s most pressing issues of climate change, clean water, and voting rights. Kiff holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. Kiff was born and raised in Ann Arbor, and now lives in the community with his wife and son (and a daughter on the way). In his spare time he enjoys running, biking, cooking, reading, and spending time with his family.

With Our Heartfelt Gratitude

After five years with HWPI, Executive Director Susan Faulkner decided to step down from her position. She will continue to support HWPI as a member of the Board of Directors Executive Committee. Susan would like to express her tremendous appreciation to the many volunteers and donors for their gifts of time, talent, and treasure. These loyal supporters have made progress on the Border to Border Trail possible.

Susan Faulkner (second from left) and the HWPI Staff

We are incredibly grateful to Susan for her outstanding work, growing our organization from an all-volunteer effort to a robust team of fundraising and community engagement staff. Much of HWPI’s success is thanks to Susan’s extensive leadership skills and tireless efforts. She will be greatly missed!

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B2B Trail Construction Updates

New B2B Trail Segments coming soon!

Connecting the B2B Trail into downtown Chelsea from the north! Once this new segment is complete, trail users will enjoy 1.6 miles of new trail from the M-52 roundabout at Werkner Road to Timbertown and Veterans Park in Chelsea.


Continuing progress on the Dexter-Chelsea Corridor! In 2021, trail users will be able to enjoy a new 1.6 mile stretch from Dancer Road to Wylie Road in Lima Township . It is important to note that there are on-road sections between Dexter and Chelsea, where the B2B is not yet complete.

Click here or on the map for a large PDF version!

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HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Larry Deck

We would like to introduce our April Volunteer of the Month, HWPI Board Member, Larry Deck. Larry has been a leader in creating trails and greenways in Michigan. He led the creation of, and chaired, the organization that has evolved into the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance. He initiated and served as the Project Director of the Southeast Michigan Greenways Project, which developed a constituency and vision for an interconnected greenway system in southeast Michigan. Before leading these statewide and regional efforts, he co-founded and chaired, in the 1980s, the Friends of the Lakelands Trail, a group that has promoted the rail-trail between Hamburg and Jackson, one of the first rail-trails in Michigan.

Larry has been on the board of the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition since 2008, an organization founded in 2001, whose goal is to make Washtenaw County a national leader in bicycling and walking. He served on the Greenways Advisory Committee of the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission from the time the Border-to-Border Trail concept was developed until the committee’s functions were absorbed by HWPI. He serves on the Transportation Coordinating Council of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), the city of Ann Arbor’s Alternative Transportation Committee, and the informal Ann Arbor Climate Partnership Working Group. He also served on the Technical Committee of the Washtenaw Area Transportation Study (WATS).

Larry has bicycled extensively for transportation and recreation in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan, the United States, and Europe. He has biked in all 83 Michigan counties, 22 states, and 11 countries, and through a series of several adjoining trips, has biked across the U.S. Larry and his wife take a multi-week bike trip most years, and they are anxious for the pandemic to lift so that they can resume their annual adventures.

Larry lives in Ann Arbor. He runs the Dexter-Ann Arbor half marathon most years. Before embarking on consulting and volunteer activities regarding trails and greenways, he designed and wrote technical software. We are excited to have you on board, Larry!

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B2B Trail Construction Updates

Across the county, we are preparing for a productive season of trail expansion! Tree clearing and subsequent clean-ups are in progress on the western side of the county and preparations are being made for trail improvements on trail segments in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor. We look forward to sharing details with you as construction plans are finalized and timelines are projected. It’s going to be a great year for the B2B in every corner of the county!

Seasonal initiatives continue along the B2B Trail as we enjoy the longer days of spring. In partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MiDNR), WCPARC staff removed numerous invasive plants and shrubs to improve sight lines around the 90-degree turn of the Chelsea-Stockbridge Corridor by M-52 and along the trail near Green Lake. This work has given trail users an improved view of the small pond just north of the pedestrian tunnel.

 

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