PRESS RELEASE: Clinton River Trail Improvements Awarded Project of the Year



Exceptional Partnerships Bring New Amenities to Life 

Media contacts: Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6802;; Kyle Scislowicz, Media Communications Specialist, City of Auburn Hills; 248.364.6726; 

Auburn Hills, MI—August 14, 2017—The City of Auburn Hills, a dynamic community committed to innovation and growth, is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the Michigan Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) along with other community partners for their work related to the Clinton River Trail improvements. The project received its “Project of the Year” award in the category of “Quality of Life Less than $1 Million”. 

“We are very proud to have worked with the communities of Rochester and Rochester Hills along with Oakland County Planning and the Friends of the Clinton River Trail on this very important project”, said Mayor Kevin McDaniel. “The Clinton River Trail is an asset to Auburn Hills and surrounding communities. These new amenities will distinguish the Clinton River Trail from other trails in the region”, added Mayor McDaniel. 

The amenity improvements include informational kiosks, interpretive signage, bike racks, shade shelters, picnic tables and more, all with the goal of providing both safety and recreational non-motorized transportation opportunities along the much-used corridor. 

“These new improvements are a welcome addition to this already popular trail destination”, stated Brian Marzolf, Recreation Director. “I would encourage everyone to get outside and give the Clinton River Trail a try. You’ll find easy access and trail parking in several locations, along with better wayfinding, improved road-crossings, and new opportunities to rest in the shade or even learn something new about the trail and this area”, he added. 

The Clinton River Trail (CRT) is a rail-trail that extends across 16 miles of Oakland County, Michigan, through suburban, urban and rural portions of Detroit's northern suburbs. The CRT follows a former rail line, once known as the Michigan Air Line, through the heart of Oakland County, including the cities of Sylvan Lake, Pontiac, Auburn Hills, Rochester Hills and Rochester. It connects with the West Bloomfield trail to the west and the Macomb Orchard Trail to the east, and the Paint Creek Trail branches off to the north. The CRT is part of a planned cross-state trail, the Great Lake to Lake Trail, which will extend from Port Huron to South Haven when completed. 

The Award will be presented to the City Council at their meeting on August 14, 2017. 

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About Auburn Hills 
The City of Auburn Hills is a distinguished leader in southeast Michigan. Home to approximately 23,000 residents, as well as a workday population of approximately 100,000, Auburn Hills continues to be a thriving global business address. It is home to over 70 international corporations and hosts the World and North American headquarters for numerous outstanding businesses such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Continental Automotive Systems, Faurecia, and BorgWarner. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award-winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at