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If you’re been yearning to get to the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge Gateway, now if your chance. The Refuge Gateway will have a soft opening starting this Thursday (Oct. 1).

The announcement comes from Rep. Debbie Dingell, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans and Trenton Mayor Steven Rzeppa. The refuge will be open every Thursday through Sunday during daylight hours.

Patrons will be able to use on-site parking, a 700-foot fishing pier, parts of the Humbug Marsh Orange and Green Trails, Humbug Observation Deck, Monguagon Boardwalk, picnic tables, bike trails and some porta-potties.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the indoor visitor center and exterior restrooms will remain closed.

“Opening the refuge for the public has been a long-time coming, but I’m thrilled the day is here and now the whole community can take advantage of this very special place,” Dingell said in a statement. “During COVID, everyone deserves the opportunity to be a tourist in their own community. The Refuge is a critical service to the Downriver community and a place for all to appreciate the outdoors. This refuge was John’’s dream and his footprints are all over. His vision is now a reality and a place to gather, learn and protect the wildlife and natural resources that make our region unique.”

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