Thanks to the support of a group of local Elk Rapids residents who are excited about the prospect of a non-motorized trail from Traverse City to Charlevoix, funds are currently being raised to help pay for preliminary design between Maple Bay and Elk Rapids.
There are many steps to the process of trail development, and if this campaign is successful, planning and public input can begin to help make a trail that will serve the community and visitors alike.
On August 8, 2017, a trail update was presented to the Elk Rapids Township Board of Trustees at their regular meeting. Trustees were updated on the process to bring a trail plan together from Maple Bay to Elk Rapids. While the board ultimately decided not to help fund trail planning in the immediate future, there was a high turnout of public support during public comment, and trail planners will continue to work on moving the project forward.
On April 6, 2017 a meeting was hosted by Lon Bargy with farmers, land owners and TART Trails in attendance to discuss agricultural issues and the trail development processes. View the worksheet here.
Acme Township was successfully awarded a DNR Trust Fund grant to improve North Bayside Park and construct the first segment of the Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail within the park. Construction for this trail segment is planned for spring 2018.
A very generous donation to TART Trails was matched 1:1 for trail engineering and construction from North Bayside Park through Deepwater Natural Area. The Deepwater Natural Area trail segment will be constructed with North Bayside park in spring 2018.
Elk Rapids is in the process of seeking funds to begin preliminary design for the Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail between Elk Rapids and Maple Bay Park.