On June 17, 2019, the Elk Rapids Village Council unanimously voted to support the preferred alignment of the Acme to Elk Rapids Segment of the TC-CHX Trail. The preferred alignment was developed through a comprehensive preliminary design process that involved significant public and stakeholder engagement and detailed engineering evaluations. The presentation of the final preliminary design plans on June 17 was the culmination of work that began last summer to develop a trail route and the costs associated with its construction between Acme Township and Elk Rapids.
On Thursday, May 23, TART Trails and project partners were hosted by Short's Brewing Company at their Pull Barn Opening party to talk about preliminary design between Acme and Elk Rapids. At this event, Joe Short and staff presented a $5,000 match challenge to support the Traverse City↔Charlevoix Trail project. Thank you to everyone who came out to ask questions, view maps, talk about project updates and contribute to the project. Short's will be matching donations made to the project throughout the summer. Donations can be made at http://www.traversecitytocharlevoixtrail.org/donate.html.
On Saturday, May 18, Acme Township, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, TART Trails, project partners and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Bayside Park on US-31. The new and expanded park, part of a long time vision to re-imagine the Acme Shoreline, is the first official trailhead for the TC↔ CHX Trail. Work is also underway to get ready for construction on the next leg of the TC↔ CHX Trail to connect to the TART at Bunker Hill Road. If funding comes in to place, construction could be begin in late 2020. View media coverage of the event hereand learn more about the upcoming trail in Acme here.