The Hines Parkway is a 17 mile parkway that winds along, and acts as a flood basin for, the Middle Rouge River. Starting in Dearborn in the east the parkway weaves through Dearborn Heighs, Livonia, Westland, before ending in Northville in the west. Home to countless Soccer fields, baseball diamonds, fishing spots, paddle boat rentals (at Newburgh Lake) playscapes, scenic picnic areas, open green spaces, historic mills and sites, paved and dirt bike trails and grills line the parkway near rivers, lakes, fields of wild flowers and countless shade trees.
Before being settled by Europeans, the Rouge was a landmark path for Indian tribes and French and English trappers. In later years, due to the fact that it empties into the Detroit River, it was a path to Canada for escaped slaves traveling the Underground Railroad. The roadway was built in 1949 with land donated by Henry Ford and the “Hines” name came thanks to then Wayne County Road Commission head Edward N. Hines.
Today the park serves as a year round refuge for those looking for fun, recreation and family activities in a natural setting without having to leave the city.
- Wayne County Dog Park (at Hawthorne Ridge Park)
- Parks and Playgrounds
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