Runnymede Path – Ward 4 People & Places You Should Know (April 30, 2022)

Apr 30, 2022 | People & Places

This was part of my April 30, 2022 newsletter

Ward 4 People & Places You Should Know

If you live on the northwest corner of Ward 4 (Dicken neighborhood), you are probably familiar with the crumbling asphalt path between the end of Runnymede and Pauline Boulevard. This path is a connector leading to Dicken Elementary School as well as to bus stops on Pauline, with the neighborhood of Norfolk and Suffolk in between.

I first learned about this path in 2018, when I was out campaigning and neighbors pointed it out to me. The first time I navigated it on my bike, I passed a father and a little boy (also on his bike) who eagerly told me that this path needed to be fixed because it was too “bumpy.” It really is in terrible condition.

Runnymede Path Ann Arbor and campaign bike for A2ELNEL People & Places You Should Know April 2022

A little history about this path: it appears on documents from 1973, when the Walden Village condominium complex to the north (on Pauline) was first built. The area around this path is owned by residents in a condo association, but the path is used by many more residents throughout the neighborhood. It functions a public resource, providing a community benefit. You can read more about this path and plans for its improvement in my “Additional Thoughts” section below.

Paths like this one are important connectors that help our community walk and bike efficiently and safely. It is a Ward 4 place you should know!

This is the “Additional Thoughts” section from my newsletter mentioned above:

I wrote followup posts about Runnymede Path here: