Dexter-Chelsea Trail Segment Ribbon Cutting

HWPI and WPARC are excited to announce the official opening of the first Dexter-Chelsea Road segment of the B2B Trail! This stretch of trail boasts a beautiful bridge over Mill Creek, stunning stretches of Michigan fields and a connection to the Chelsea Ridge neighborhood. We would like to extend a huge thank you to our partners and the hundreds of donors that have made this possible.

We will be hosting a trail opening event at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, August 27th, to celebrate the completion of the 2.1 mile segment beginning at Freer Road and extending to Lima Center Road. We will distribute Iron Belle Trail bike lights to the first 50 attendees and refreshments will be available for the celebration. The ceremony will take place on the Freer Road end of the trail by the Oak Grove East Cemetery. Parking will be available in the lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1330 N. Freer Road. Families and neighbors are encouraged to attend. Visit our Facebook event page for more details.

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HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Marsha Mumm

Marsha Mumm

We are pleased to introduce HWPI’s Volunteer of the Month, Marsha Mumm! Marsha just retired this month from 32 wonderful and fulfilling years at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor where she was a PE/Health Teacher and coach. Congratulations Marsha!

She is also a professional musician, plays guitar and sings under the stage name of Marsha Gayle (http://www.marshagayle.net/). You might find her performing several nights per week in the area at clubs and restaurants such as the Aut Bar in Ann Arbor, Captain Joe’s in Whitmore Lake and Wines on Main in Chelsea. In addition to singing, Marsha loves to rollerblade, hike, bike, swim and cross country ski. Marsha stated, “I really enjoy my time on the trails and parks, especially sharing these activities with friends, family members, neighbors, and coworkers, and I plan on having recreating become my number one pastime in retirement. No one is more excited about the expansion of the trails than me!”

Marsha has been involved with HWPI for over two years. She was motivated to help build the trail in Karen McKeachie’s honor and for the safety and enjoyment of all community members. Marsha is a huge advocate for health and fitness, and in her mind, nothing contributes more to promote that cause than safe, accessible, recreational facilities such as the Border-to-Border Trail.

Marsha has had many different roles as a volunteer with HWPI. She has used her skills as a teacher, coach and entertainer, by being an outspoken trail advocate at event booths such as The Ann Arbor Art Fair, Dexter Daze and the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run. When asked about volunteering Marsha said, “I enjoy the face-to-face interaction with folks in the community and I love sharing my enthusiasm with those who are curious and excited about the growth and expansion of the trail. It’s the best product I have ever had the pleasure to ‘sell’ or promote.” Marsha has also written and performed our very own B2B Trail theme song, “The Fabulous B2B!”

When asked why she believes the completion of the B2B is so important for our community, Marsha answered, “For fun, safety, enjoyment, health, well-being … and getting kids off their phones and onto the trails!” Marsha also added, “Everyone I have met and worked with through HWPI have been such wonderful people, and I am really looking forward to building friendships and relationships with them in the months and years to come.”

Thanks for being part of our HWPI team, Marsha!

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HWPI Bridge Set Over Mill Creek

Here’s a time-lapse video of an HWPI bridge set over Mill Creek on the new Border-to-Border Trail segment under construction between Dexter and Chelsea. The seventy-foot-long iron bridge span was craned into place on May 30 – 31, 2019.

This trail segment, while beautiful, is not yet complete! The pouring of the concrete curb and the paving of this segment (and the bridge) will begin in early June. We will announce when it is open and safe for use. Thank you for your patience and support.

 
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HWPI Volunteer Spotlight: Erin Pons

Erin Pons

Congratulations to our May Volunteer of the Month, Erin Pons! Erin is a proud mom of two girls, ages four and two, and married for six years to her training inspiration, Jamie. They love calling Ann Arbor home. She works on a flexible schedule as an IT Audit Manager at PwC, which allows her to wear lots of hats: mom, wife, and triathlete in training.

As a long time board member of the Ann Arbor Triathlon Club, Erin became involved with HWPI at the start of the Karen’s Trail campaign. Although she did not know Karen personally, she felt it was an important cause to get behind.

The Ann Arbor Triathlon Club has partnered with Karen’s Trail on many events, including online fundraising campaigns, trail education and awareness, social events, training rides and runs, all in the spirit of promoting the importance of creating a safer place for our families and friends to pursue their outdoor passions. Erin has played an important role in the partnership between the Triathlon Club and HWPI, by helping to organize fundraising events, advocating for HWPI and support of our mission.

When asked why she volunteers with HWPI, Erin said, “I am always amazed and motivated by the broad reach and impact that HWPI has on our community, and also at the progress made in such a short amount of time. Trail and road safety is a legacy we can leave behind for generations to come. The people I have met and worked with along the way have made a lasting impression on me.”

Erin believes that the B2B is an important resource for our community because it is a place where we can feel safe to explore, enjoy the outdoors, and stay healthy. A trail system like the B2B is something everyone can take advantage of. Thank you Erin for your tremendous support of our work!

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