Green Way Contest

The Allen Creek Trail is a proposed pedestrian and bike friendly path that follows the historic alignment of Allen Creek and a portion of the existing North-South railroad corridor through downtown Ann Arbor. Interest in creating this safe, healthy, and sustainable pedestrian and bike friendly trail dates back to 1980. Now, the idea is moving from a vision toward reality. A team of UM Urban Planning graduate students, in collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor and the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy, is initiating a community-based plan process for the design of the Allen Creek Trail.

Ann Arbor’s youth were asked to propose a unique work of art that can be replicated and placed at various points along the trail to mark it path as a temporary public art installation that will increase the project’s visibility, increase residents’ awareness and enthusiasm, and enliven this corridor with creativity.

Any student who attended school within Washtenaw County (grades 6-12) may submit one entry. First prize and second prize were awarded to four A2STEAM students.

A2STEAM 6th grade students, Peter C. and Timmy C, collaborated on their final design concept, giving them the first place $1500 to split. Their design, a bicycle sculpture created from recycled car and bicycle parts, “reflects the bicycle culture that is a part of Ann Arbor,” says Peter C.

Second place went to design team Hunter S. and Mitchell L., both A2STEAM 6th grade students, their design reflected the trading route of the railroad that continues to run through Ann Arbor to this day. Community High student, Frances M, 11th grade, won third place.

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