Township Supervisor Leon Stille said $50,000 would be about the amount needed to secure the property they need for completing the nearly five miles of the Crockery Township portion of the nonmotorized trail, including appraisal costs and surveys.
If township residents and businesses can come up with $25,000 in donations, the Loutit Foundation will match it.
The township has also received a $120,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund and $30,000 from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation.
“I’m of the belief we should jump on this as soon as possible,” Stille said. “We would like to close on all the properties in January.”
Stille said he has already received $3,000 in pledges from two local business owners.
“This is a unique one for us,” he said. “For Crockery, it’s quite a challenge. We’re about $50,000 to $60,000 short of having enough to secure all the property we need for the trail. We’ve garnered some gifts in terms of easements for $1, but we have to do all the legal work.”
The North Bank Trail currently runs from Fruitport Road east to 130th Avenue. It is expected to connect with the Musketawa Trail and eventually with the Grand Rapids trail system.
The Spring Lake Township portion, from Fruitport Road to 144th Avenue and 144th Avenue to 130th Avenue in Crockery Township, was completed in 2011.
The upcoming stretch will also feature scenic woods and wetlands.
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