Progress Toward Phase 1 Construction in 2017
It has been an exciting year for everyone involved in the HWPI and B2B trail development effort. We have made substantial progress toward getting Phase 1 (4.7 miles from Werkner Road to North Territorial) of “The Loop” trail system built. We’ve secured the necessary funding commitments from the state, raised two-thirds of the private match funding required, and have the majority of the engineering completed. We are working feverishly to get this segment of the trail built in 2017. While the timeline for the remaining tasks (complete engineering, numerous permits, and bid process) is tight for 2017, we believe we have a fighting chance to get it done next year!
Chelsea-Dexter Connection Update
We have also begun work on design and engineering of the Chelsea-Dexter Connection along the Boland right-of-way that generally follows the Dexter-Chelsea Road corridor. All along, we’ve been hoping to begun construction there in 2018 or 2019. However, there have been some significant developments over the past six months that might create an opportunity for construction on parts of that segment in 2017 as well. We’ll know more over the next sixty days, so stay tuned!
Private Funding Requirements
As we get closer to groundbreaking opportunities, the need to fulfill our private funding requirements intensifies. We’re still approximately $300,000 short of the required private funding for Phase 1, and we will need additional private funding to begin work on the Chelsea-Dexter Connection.
HWPI Year End Appeal
If you support the work being done by HWPI and are looking for additional deductions before year-end, we promise to put your charitable dollars to work quickly, on trails that Michiganders and visitors to our great state will enjoy using for generations to come! All contributions to HWPI are fully tax-deductible for both federal and state income taxes.
Thanks for all the help in 2016. May you and your family have a joyous holiday season!
Ways to Contribute
You can make an online donation to HWPI on the Support HWPI page of our website, or you can download a Supporter Pledge Form and mail it, along with your check, to our fiduciary partner, Legacy Land Conservancy, at the address below:
Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative
c/o Legacy Land Conservancy
1100 N. Main St. #203
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
All donations received before January 1, 2017 will be fully tax-deductible on your 2016 tax returns. You will receive a paper receipt in the mail for your tax records.