Groundbreaking Announcement

Construction of this 2.6 mile trail segment from the roundabout on M-52 just north of Chelsea to Green Lake will begin on March 5, 2018.

Dear Trail Supporter,

Over the past three years, the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) has been working to jump-start development of new non-motorized pathways in Washtenaw County. There have been many highlights along the way, mostly related to demonstrating support from the community.

This week, we had a different type of highlight. Lew Kidder and I attended the initial construction planning meeting for the 2.6 mile M-52 trail segment (pictured above) that will be built beginning this spring. Held at the Washtenaw County Road Commission office, the meeting included representatives from MDOT, WCPARC, MDNR, Stantec Engineering, various utilities, and the design/engineering firms who will be building the trail.

Lew and I were guests, as HWPI has no official role in construction, so we were able to sit back and listen. We learned that construction is scheduled to start March 5th and will continue all summer, with “substantial” completion expected this fall. The trail route will be staked out in mid-February, and the first few weeks will be focused on tree removal and general site prep activities.

After the meeting, it was a perfect time for reflection. I would like to share these thoughts:

  • It was altogether appropriate that Lew was present representing the Karen’s Trail Campaign that has been so instrumental in moving the Border-to-Border Trail (B2B) effort forward the past 18 months.
  • It was an honor to represent the hundreds of volunteers and supporters who have been engaged in the HWPI effort over the past three years.
  • We all owe a debt of gratitude to several community leaders in Lyndon Township who have been working on this trail segment since 2011. These leaders are Marc Keezer, Tim Eder, Eric Stalhandske, Greg Peter, Bart Hammer, and many others.

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony sometime in February, and a public information meeting later in the spring, so stay tuned!

With gratitude,
Jeff Hardcastle, Board Chair
Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative

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Letter from the Board Chair and 2017 Year-End Report

Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative
14800 E. Old US 12
Chelsea, MI 48118

December 10, 2017

Dear Trail Supporter,

As 2017 comes to a close, I am both gratified by the tremendous support the Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) has received this past year, and excited at the prospect of getting construction underway on multiple segments of the Border-to-Border Trail system (B2B) over the next 3-4 months.

Construction will begin shortly on 2.6 miles of trail north of Chelsea and on an additional 1.2 miles along the Huron River working from Dexter towards Ann Arbor, with more building to come. This wave of construction is being fueled by the $2.5M HWPI has raised since its founding three years ago, combined with over $5.2M in state grants and $2.8M in funding the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission (WCPARC).

While the 2018 construction blitz is going to be amazing, there is much work to be done if we are to help WCPARC complete the entire B2B by 2021. Easements have been secured, WCPARC has dedicated substantial resources, and The State of Michigan has demonstrated its support of the project. The essential final ingredient that will ensure rapid completion of our trail system continues to be private matching funds.

This is where we need your help. The B2B cannot be built in the next five years without private sector support. Please help us create a legacy of health and wellness in our communities by building safe recreational trails. Let’s seize the opportunity to improve the quality of life of our region, connect our cities and towns, and expand commuting alternatives!

Please spend a few minutes to read our enclosed HWPI 2017 Year-End Report, to see what we have accomplished this year, the impact of the Karen’s Trail Campaign and the construction plans for 2018. I would also encourage you to support the Trail through a year-end gift. Your contribution now will determine how quickly we can complete the B2B. A gift from you will help make our collective vision of the B2B a reality. I hope to see you on the Trail!

Best,
Jeff Hardcastle, Board Chair
Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative

Please make all checks payable to our fiduciary,
the Michigan Fitness Foundation or give online at:

huron-waterloo-pathways.org/donate


————— HWPI 2017 Year-End Report —————

You can also view or  download an easier-to-access
PDF version of this report by clicking this link.

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