Major Milestone – Docs Submitted for New Trail Construction

HWPI’s effort to get the B2B Chelsea-Lakelands Connector Phase One new trail construction underway passed a major milestone this week. The final submission of documents to MDOT was completed, including the legal agreements, design specs, easements, and environmental permits necessary to begin construction.

Design of this new 2.6 mile segment of paved trail has been underway for 16 months, at an engineering cost of about $265,000, funded by private donations to HWPI. This new trail segment will start at the new M52-Werkner Road roundabout, travel north along the west side of M52, and reach the Green Lake campground entrance, including a connector to the DTE Energy Foundation Trail. This new trail segment will be built entirely on state land, using road easement and MDNR property in the Waterloo State Recreation Area.

Construction of this trail will be directed by MDOT, with support from the Washtenaw County Road Commission. The completed trail will be operated and maintained by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission as part of the Border-2-Border Trail system.

Next, MDOT will place the project for Bid, which should take place in 8 to 10 weeks. Weather dependent, construction should begin either later this fall or early spring of 2018. HWPI and our partners are confident this trail section will be open for use by midsummer, 2018.

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Explore the Hidden Gems of the B2B Trail

Discover the newest segment of the Border-to-Border Trail traveling between Dexter-Huron Metropark to the City of Dexter. Make it a 16.5 mile round trip ride from Dexter-Huron Metropark through Dexter and on to Hudson Mills Metropark. And you can stop in Dexter for an ice cream or a meal!

Here’s a map to help plot your route:
Border-to-Border Trail from Dexter-Huron Metropark to Hudson Mills Metropark c/o Michigan Trails magazine and website

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Remembering Our Fallen Heroes

HWPI volunteers join with friends and neighbors remembering our fallen military heroes and their families. The fight for freedom never ends.

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Elite Triathlete’s Death Invigorates Trail Expansion

Objective to complete the B2B Regional Trail System in 5 years

Chelsea, MI, May 11, 2017: Karen McKeachie, a United States Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee and internationally recognized athlete, was killed on August 26, 2016 while cycling on a road near her home. Out of this tragedy, there is increased community commitment to accelerate the construction of the Border-to-Border Regional Trail System (B2B) in order to provide safe recreational pathways in Washtenaw County Michigan.

Karen crossing the finish line in a USA Triathlon National Championship event

Immediately following Karen’s death, her family chose to honor her Legacy through a $1,100,000 gift to the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI), a local nonprofit group dedicated to supporting the B2B expansion. In the words of Lew Kidder, Karen’s husband, “Karen was a remarkable athlete who encouraged countless people to be active and reach their physical potential. Karen’s parents and I would like to honor her by providing safe recreational opportunities for everyone. It’s time to build the trail.”

In order to accelerate construction, the McKeachie Family and HWPI are thrilled to announce the Karen’s Trail Campaign, a public effort to raise at least $1,000,000 for trail construction. During this 2017 campaign, the public is invited and encouraged to help build Karen’s Trail through their support of a series of community events and fundraising efforts.

Completion of the entire B2B by 2021 is possible through an extraordinary public-private partnership between HWPI, local and state governments, and community organizations. HWPI is striving to raise $15 million in private funding, to be combined with $20 million in public funding. HWPI is actively seeking the financial support of individuals, local businesses, foundations and corporations in this fundraising effort. The combined private and public funding will be used to complete construction of the B2B and ensure that families, athletes, and community members of all abilities can enjoy the trail soon.

The B2B was originally conceived in the 1990’s by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission as a 35-mile non-motorized trail that would follow the Huron River from its entry into Washtenaw County just south of Pinckney to its exit into Wayne County near Ypsilanti. The expanded B2B vision is a 55-mile paved trail that, when combined with the adjoining Lakelands State Trail, will be 70 miles long and will include a unique 44 mile loop trail connecting Dexter, Chelsea, Stockbridge, and Pinckney and two state recreational areas. The Huron Waterloo Loop is certain to be a major regional attraction for the approximately 4 million people who live within one hour of the B2B. Additionally, the B2B will be a marquee part of the Iron Belle Trail, Michigan’s 2,000-mile network of trails.

For more information about HWPI and the Karen’s Trail Campaign, trail maps and how to get involved, please visit or contact the HWPI Board Chair, Jeff Hardcastle at To donate to the Karen’s Trail Campaign, please visit



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Karen McKeachie Tribute at the Governor’s Fitness Awards

A special video tribute honoring the life and legacy of Karen McKeachie will be featured at the upcoming Governor’s Fitness Awards gala. This annual Michigan Fitness Foundation event, celebrating Michigan’s leaders in health and wellness, will be begin at 6:00 PM on Thursday, April 20th at the Cobo Center in Detroit.

Click the image to watch Karen's tribute video, featuring her husband, Lew Kidder

Click the image to watch Karen’s tribute video, featuring her husband, Lew Kidder

To learn more about the life and legacy of Karen McKeachie, visit the Karen’s Trail website and the GFA 2017 Karen McKeachie Tribute page.

For more information about the 2017 Governor’s Fitness Awards gala, visit the Michigan Fitness Foundation website. Tickets for this event are still available at the time of this writing.

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