Crockery seeks trail donations

Crockery Township officials believe they’re on the right path to securing the rest of the property they need to make the North Bank Trail extension a reality.
Marie Havenga
Dec 26, 2013


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.

To read more of this story, see today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Open the trail up for Snowmobiling and I'll donate. It would be great to have this trail connect to the Musketawa. Open up the field next to the Crockery Fire department for snowmobile trailer parking, charge a parking fee to gain more profit from it and snowmobilers could snowmobile from Nunica to many of the state trail systems.


I am glad there is someone else that thinks this. Ottawa County currently does not allow Snowmobiles on the side of the road and the only official trail is the Musketawa Trail. If they would open it up like all counties around us, it would help with Tourism. Connect the Allegan trails with Muskegon trails and it would boost businesses along the route. I hate having to trailer mine a couple miles to ride when I could just hop on and go.


As long as they have rules saying there must be a certain amount of snow on the ground (to prevent damage to the pavement), and that snowmobiles must give way to pedestrians/cyclists (believe it or not, some of us do use these trails in the winter) and have a reasonable speed limit, I am all for it.

I used to enjoy riding snowmobiles and my cousin races them professionally, so I can see where people are coming from with this. We just need to make sure pedestrians and the trail itself are protected.


Who is going to pay for the emergency equipment that will be needed to fetch the crash victims. I'm all for stopping the taxation for all this county park trails that only a handful of tax payers from Ottawa County use.


Crockery don't have enough money to even plow the snow off the section they have already.


Its been proven by the damage on the Musketawa Trail that snowmobiles with the carbide studs should not be allowed on these trails.
Regardless of the criteria that there be a certain amount of snow on the trail to prevent damage, it is not followed!


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