Washtenaw County Parks has plans for a major expansion of Rolling Hills Park in Ypsilanti Township. The expansion will nearly double the park size using most of the land purchased in 2006 and 2007 to the north of the current park. See the map of RHP on the first page of the Rolling Hills forum on the MMBA website or at the WCP site (http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/de ... ps/rh.html
). Planning has been underway for nearly two years and is now ready for the construction phase. I was informed today by Steve Wyatt - RHP Supervisor - that bids were just opened for the first phase of improvements (roads/parking lots/soccer fields/paved trails/etc) and construction is planned to begin the last week of September.
Here's the important part!!! Rolling Hills Park will be closed to public use from Monday, September 27 through Monday, November 15. Park closure will allow the contractor uninterrupted construction access to complete the existing main park road improvements before the end of this year's construction season.
Unfortunately, the park closure interferes with prime riding season. Most likely, it will also prevent the MMBA contingent from getting into the park to plan and begin building the MTB trail expansion and skills park until after mid-November. We might be able to access the park and work on a proposed connector trail in the southeast corner of the park to the Bemis Road-Stony Creek Road intersection allowing easier access to Hewens Creek. Stand by for more details on MTB trail planning and building activities.
Contact me with any questions.