Trail goal approached

As syrup tops pancakes during a North Bank Trail extension breakfast fundraiser on Saturday, the $25,000 goal could go over the top.
Marie Havenga
Jan 17, 2014

And that would be sweet, according to Crockery Township Supervisor Leon Stille, who said $21,700 has been donated to date to put toward a matching grant from the Loutit Foundation.

“My hope is that whatever comes in Saturday might put us over the top,” Stille said. “That would be very, very fulfilling to have that happen at the breakfast. If we can come up with another $1,000 or $1,500 Saturday, we might just do it.”

The Crockery Citizens Committee will host the pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. at the Crockery Township Hall, 17431 112th Ave. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, fruit, coffee and juice.

The North Bank Trail, which opened in 2011 from Fruitport Road to 130th Avenue, is eventually slated to connect with the Musketawa Trail and the Grand Rapids trail system.

The money raised will be used to purchase land east of 130th Avenue.

The first phase of the project is scheduled to run from 130th Avenue to 112th Avenue, and be constructed in 2015. The second phase would extend the trail east to 96th Avenue.

“We’re hoping people come with big hearts and a willingness to contribute,” Stille said. “Whatever they contribute through buying a breakfast or putting a donation in will go toward the trail as part of the township match.”

Stille, who started collecting funds for the project late last month, said he’s been pleased with the generosity of residents and businesses.

“I was optimistic, but I’ve had some very good responses from people,” he said. “I’ve been very, very pleased with the participation.”



What a great story and what a great project. It would be wonderful to restore the railroad tracks on these bike paths so we could re-establish rail service between Spring Lake / Grand Haven and Grand Rapids.

Not many people will ride their bikes from Grand Haven to Grand Rapids, but I would hop a train if the fare was reasonable (less than 25 cents for adults and a nickle for children).

All aboard ... let's make this happen Tri-Cities.

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