We have cut the ribbon and a new B2B Trail segment is officially open! Thanks to the 75+ people who joined us to celebrate the new path and to take an inaugural walk on the trail. A huge thanks also goes to all of the people who made this happen, including the WCPARC, WCRC, DNR, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, St. Joseph Mercy Health System, dozens more partners and more than 1,200 donors.
Come check it out for yourself. You can access this 2.6 mile section of trail at the Green Lake Campground or at the intersection of M52 and Werkner Roads, just outside of Chelsea. This is just the beginning of many more new B2B segments to come. You have made this possible!
We were blessed with a beautiful sunny, albeit chilly Saturday for a ribbon-cutting celebration.
Trail supporters of all ages gathered for the first official access to this new trail segment.
Live music by Marsha Gayle, with Dave Purdy on the harmonica, added to the festive atmosphere of the day. Marsha wrote and performed “The Fabulous B2B” in honor of the Border-to-Border Trail.
HWPI Board Chair, Jeff Hardcastle, answered questions about upcoming B2B trail construction projects.
Several four-legged trail supporters looked forward to their first walk on this new segment.
Founding HWPI Board Member, Paul Wiklanski, shared his excitement for this accomplishment.
Some wore their high visibility HWPI shirts for safety and to show their support.
Jeff Hardcastle, HWPI Board Chair and energetic trail advocate announced this new B2B trail segment opening.
Coy Vaughn, WCPARC Director, credited several people in his organization, and the Parks Commission’s partnership with HWPI.
Nearly 100 supporters gathered in the bright cold to participate in this milestone event.
Marc Keezer, Lyndon Township Supervisor, highlighted Lyndon Township’s involvement with the trail concept along M52, which predates the inception of HWPI.
Ron Olson, Michigan DNR Parks and Recreation Division Chief, spoke about the effectiveness of public-private partnerships, and how this new trail segment will provide more access to the state’s two largest recreation areas.
On behalf of HWPI, Jeff Hardcastle presented a $52,000 check to Coy Vaughn and Ron Olson, the start of an ongoing endowment for trail maintenance.
Officials from the private and public groups whose partnerships made this new trail segment possible assembled to cut the ribbon.
Founding HWPI Board Members Tim Eder and Marc Keezer snipped a portion of the ribbon to commemorate this event.
The gathered crowd of trail supporters posed for a group photo.
Most of the trail supporters in attendance participated in a first walk on the officially opened trail.
Bob Tetens, former WCPARC Director, walks the newly opened B2B trail segment with his grandson.
Some hearty trail supporters brought their bicycles along for an inaugural ride.
Even a beautiful reindeer dog was in attendance.
Jeff’s family is proud of his leadership and vision for a legacy that will be enjoyed for many generations to come.
One of the many vistas into state recreation area land that are available along this new trail segment.
Founding HWPI Board Member David Hardcastle is accompanied along the trail by his parents.
Starting in Sylvan Township, this trail segment crosses into Lyndon Township and will be extended to Stockbridge, where it will intersect the existing Mike Levine Lakelands Trail State Par.
A young rider enjoys his first trip on this new B2B trail segment.
A huge thank you to Eco Sign Solutions for creating and sponsoring our B2B trail signage.
HWPI and WCPARC are thrilled to announce the opening of a new B2B trail segment! This segment covers 2.6 miles beginning at the intersection of Werkner Road and M52, north of Chelsea, and ending at the DNR’s Green Lake Campground entrance. A huge thanks to the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, the DNR, and all of our donors and partners who made this possible.
Please join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony on the newly completed section of the Border-to-Border Trail on Saturday, December 8th, 11:30 AM. A trail walk will follow the ceremony (weather dependent). Parking is available on Werkner Road, at Timbertown in Chelsea or at the Green Lake Campground. The ceremony and walk will be held on the south end of the B2B segment (at Werkner Road and M52). The public is invited to attend.
2018 has been an amazing year for everyone involved with the Border-to-Border (B2B) Trail and the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI). We are excited to end 2018 by opening another B2B trail segment! Take a look at our 2018 Year-End Report to see what we have accomplished this year, to get a glimpse of our exciting construction plans for 2019, and to see an updated map of the B2B.
Click here for the year-end report: tinyurl.com/2018yearendreport Please consider making a year-end donation to HWPI to ensure our construction blitz continues. With your support we can build this amazing trail system!
There are 3 ways to give: 1) Text GiveB2B to 44321 and follow the prompts 2) Give online at huron-waterloo-pathways.org/donate. 3) Please make all checks payable to our fiduciary, the Michigan Fitness Foundation Donations can be mailed to: HWPI 14800 East Old US HWY 12 Chelsea MI 48118 * All gifts are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. ... See MoreSee Less
In our November Newsletter we highlighted: Melissa Sundermann
HWPI would like to introduce another amazing volunteer, Melissa Sundermann. As longtime a friend and training partner of Karen McKeachie and Lew Kidder, Melissa jumped into action upon Karen’s passing in 2016. When Lew announced that Karen’s Legacy project would be creating safe non-motorized trails, she was immediately on board with doing anything and everything to tell Karen’s story and help build Karen’s Trail.
Melissa is very active with HWPI, serving as a Board Member, a committee member for our Donor Appreciation Reception, and volunteers at several events throughout the year. On any given day, you can find her wearing a Karen’s Trail bracelet or hairband, and telling Karen’s story.
When Melissa is not working in her medical practice or volunteering for HWPI, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family - running, biking, skiing, hiking and camping in yurts! When not participating in sports, you can find her watching her kids play soccer and dive off 10m platforms. Melissa considers herself a true blue Wolverine, despite having medical degree from MSU.
When asked why she volunteers with HWPI, Melissa said, “Each day I think of Karen and miss her in my life. Her death hit home regarding the need for safe pathways for bikers, runners and walkers. I know Karen would be so proud of this trail and the community that has come together around her legacy project.” Thank you Melissa for your extreme dedication to building the B2B. You contribution is truly making a difference in our community! ... See MoreSee Less
Melissa has been a huge inspiration to me. Whether she knows it or not, she has been a guiding light as to how to be a good wife/mother/ friend just Karen was. We can be grateful to know these women.
A huge thank you to Eco Sign Solutions for creating and sponsoring our B2B trail signage. This beautiful new sign announced the trail opening on December 8. Ann Arbor based and environmentally friendly, Eco Sign Solutions is a great match for the B2B. We appreciate your support and helping spread the word about the trail! ... See MoreSee Less