HWPI is pleased to introduce another remarkable volunteer, Tim Eder. Tim’s community leadership is longstanding. He recently played a primary role in the effort to “deny the mine” in Lyndon Township, through the Friends of Chelsea and Lyndon Township group. After helping successfully stop the development of the gravel mine, Tim and The Friends group chose to use their energy and enthusiasm for other constructive community efforts. The group saw the beautiful B2B segment in Dexter and were inspired to take on bringing recreational trails to Chelsea as their next mission.
The HWPI board then formed in late 2014, with Tim as a founding member. He currently serves as the Vice Chair. His contributions to the organization and the B2B success have been many, including providing leadership on the Executive Committee of the Board and assisting with fundraising. His wealth of nonprofit experience is an asset to HWPI, as we grow as an organization and partner with governmental agencies.
Tim has spent most of his professional career focused on the preservation and conservation of the Great Lakes. He currently works at the Mott Foundation, managing a grantmaking portfolio that addresses freshwater challenges. When not working or volunteering, Tim enjoys spending free time with family and friends at his favorite places on the lakes: A Lake Michigan beach in Sturgeon Bay during the summer; and the storm-tossed coast of Lake Superior, north of Marquette, during the winter.
Tim is married and has two children. He is quick to acknowledge the support of his family, and identifies his children a key reason for his commitment to the environment and the quality of life in our region. When asked why he devotes his time to HWPI, Tim responded, “I believe in service and being a part of the HWPI Board is one way that I can help shape our community. Completing the B2B will be transformative and I am thrilled to be a part of that effort.” Thank you Tim, for your years of service to HWPI and the B2B! Your involvement has truly made an impact.
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.
A huge thanks to St. Joe's for hosting the Luminary Walk on Saturday, and continuing to support the B2B! Despite the cold, lots of folks came out to enjoy the trail. HWPI volunteers were out in full force to spread the word about the 2019 trail construction plans. Thanks to all of our volunteers including Katherine Juon and Renee Rutz, pictured here braving the cold. You are helping make Karen's Trail a reality! ... See MoreSee Less
Reminder we will be at the 4th Annual St. Joe's Luminary Walk TOMORROW!!
Saturday, 1/19, from 4-7pm
Weather looks to be perfect to enjoy the fresh snowfall! Stop by the HWPI tent for all the latest construction updates and happenings with the B2B! We hope to see you there! ☃️☃️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️☃️☃️ Follow the link below for full details and location www.stjoesannarbor.org/luminary-walk. ... See MoreSee Less
Theodore Roosevelt once said, "The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future!"
Check out the attached video from our own Rob Mahan. You may remember him from our Volunteer Spotlight a few months ago. The Border-to-Border Trail is growing so fast, we don't want to forget where we have come from. "Re-purposing" part of the old, abandoned M-92 roadbed on Phase 2 of the new B2B Chelsea - Stockbridge Connector trail segment is a great way to connect with the history of our communities!
Many stories, people and places shape our past. We would love to see old photos you have or hear any stories that you remember about the old M-92 road near Green Lake or about the early days of the Border-to-Border Trail. You can add them in a comment below, or send them to us separately!
Thank you for helping HWPI know more about our common history, as we help build a legacy for our future! ... See MoreSee Less