Community Engagement

2023 Holiday Hustle

We’re excited to share our recent participation in RF Event’s Holiday Hustle in Dexter, MI. Picture this: a crisp winter morning, the air filled with excitement and anticipation as runners and volunteers alike gathered for a beloved community tradition. 

In the most festive of holiday spirit, ten HWPI volunteers manned one of the aid stations along a race course that followed the B2B Trail within Hudson Mills Metropark

These winter-loving warriors provided support and encouragement to runners tackling the half marathon challenge. Their energy and enthusiasm were truly joyful, fueling the spirit of camaraderie that defines our community.

Meanwhile, HWPI staff members managed an information table, engaging with attendees and spreading the word about exciting upcoming trail construction projects and trail-adjacent initiatives, including the eagerly anticipated Title IX Plaza. It was an exciting day to share the vision for a more connected and accessible trail for all.

But beyond the water bottles and the trail maps, what truly made this event special was the palpable sense of community spirit that permeated every moment. From the joyful cheers of runners crossing the finish line to the heartfelt conversations shared between volunteers and attendees, it was clear that we were all part of something much larger than ourselves.

Volunteers Needed for the Trail Beer Garden this April!

RF Event’s Trail Weekend event is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th, in the gorgeous Pinckney Recreation Area at Silver Lake. We are excited to announce that the Border to Border Trail/HWPI will be the beneficiary of the Beer Garden proceeds. We are looking for some awesome volunteers to help us staff the beer garden, pour beer (from the tap!) and sell beer tickets. Volunteer details are in the link below!

Winter Luminary Walk at The Farm at Trinity Health

Bundling up for a popular winter tradition, over 600 visitors gathered at The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor for the annual Winter Luminary Walk. Amidst the twinkling lights and frosty air, attendees reveled in the joy of connection, sharing tales and laughter as they strolled the scenic grounds.

Amidst the glow of the illuminated pathways, HWPI volunteers took the opportunity to educate visitors about the Border to Border Trail, highlighting its accessibility from the Ypsilanti Corridor.

Adding an extra layer of safety awareness to the night’s festivities, reflective items were distributed to adults and children. Volunteers discussed the importance of visibility during outdoor excursions, promoting safe and enjoyable outdoor experiences for all.

For those curious about The Farm at Trinity Health Ann Arbor, this event provided a glimpse into its role as a vibrant community resource. Nestled within reach of the Ypsilanti Corridor of the Border to Border Trail, it offers not only a serene escape but also serves as a gateway to adventure along our beloved trail network.

B2B Trail Joy 2024

As we gear up for another season of outdoor adventures, we’re thrilled to announce a fun opportunity for you to be a part of something truly special. Here at HWPI, we don’t just build trails; we’re on a mission to celebrate the pure joy of trails, and we want YOU to join us!

Introducing our latest initiative: the “B2B Trail Joy” project.

What is “Trail Joy,” you ask? Well, it’s that feeling of pure exhilaration and contentment that washes over you when you’re out on the trail. It’s the rush of wind against your face, the crunch of leaves beneath your feet, the serenity of nature all around you. It’s the moments of connection, reflection, and inspiration that can only be found in the great outdoors.

And now, we want to hear what “Trail Joy” means to YOU. Whether you’re a walker, a cyclist, a runner, or simply someone who loves to wander, we invite you to share your stories, photos, and experiences with us.

Here’s how you can get involved: Click the link below to indicate your interest in either sharing a photo and a quick story via email or joining us on the trail so we can capture a quick video of your trail joy message to share on social media!

Let’s get Courteous, Travelers!

As we embark on another season of outdoor adventures, let’s take a moment to celebrate the importance of trail etiquette in preserving the beauty and harmony of our natural spaces. Whether you’re a seasoned runner, a mountain biker, or a casual walker, practicing good trail etiquette is not just about being courteous; it’s about contributing to the greater good of our community and environment!

By adhering to simple guidelines like traveling on the right-hand side and properly disposing of waste, we not only ensure the safety and enjoyment of all trail users but also protect the delicate ecosystems that surround us. Each step we take with mindfulness and respect leaves a positive impact that resonates far beyond our individual experiences. Let’s do this!