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Inspired Design on the Huron River Water Trail

New benches at Barton Pond offer peaceful waterfront viewing

Barton Benches Inspired Design

Three new benches on the Huron River Water Trail at Barton Pond. Photo: M. Akemann

Visitors to the dam at Ann Arbor’s Barton Nature Area are in for a pleasant surprise. This fall, the Huron River Watershed Council with funding from the DTE Energy Foundation installed a set of three unique riverside viewing benches along Barton Pond.

Barton Bench Decorative Element

Bench designs include decorative elements using natural materials. Photo: HRWC

The benches are the result of an artistic collaboration between Rizzolo Brown Design and local contractor IronWoodStone. The benches are inspired by nature and designed to be beautiful in form and innovative in function. HRWC engaged Rizzolo Brown Design to survey the river corridor from Milford to Lake Erie for places that could feature inspired design or art as part of the Huron River Water Trail project. HRWC, which in 2015 earned the Huron a National Water Trail designation, seeks to bring people to the river for enjoyment and recreation. Rizzolo Brown developed an “ideas book” based on site visits to numerous park locations along the river that HRWC has shared with communities all along the Water Trail for potential projects.

We hope you will visit and enjoy the benches!

My Huron River (Barton Pond)

HRWC staff picks of favorite watershed spots, celebrating 50 years of river protection and restoration work.

Yep, its practically in my own backyard. Can’t help it, this is where I routinely go to connect with the Huron — Ann Arbor’s Barton Nature Area. Up on top of Barton Dam, along the earthen embankment on the City side there’s

Barton Pond. Credit: Groggu

Barton Pond. Credit: Groggu

a path for walking and plenty of grass and a park bench for sitting.  It’s up here that my husband spotted a bald eagle catching fish one weekday morning in May — especially enviable because I am the known bird of prey fanatic in our family. When I visit this spot, I am always gratefully reminded that this is the source of my drinking water. There’s usually a cool breeze and always someone fishing off the boat launch and on days when the gates are wide open, the loud rushing sound of water flowing through the dam.

HRWC is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year!

Tell us your favorite watershed spot HERE.

Connect and share river ruminations or captured moments with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Use #huronriver50 to mark your posts!

Appreciate the River, Sunday July 12, by joining HRWC for some fun or heading to YOUR favorite spot with friends.


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