Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Grand Rapids Millennium Park Opens New Trail Miles

Millennium Park Trail
Millennium Park trail (photo by ramjetgr)
based on a news story and release by WZZM TV

Eight of twenty new miles of paved trail have been opened in a new area of Grand Rapids' Millennium Park. The paved trail will be known as the Meijer Millenium Trail. Peter Secchia, well-known Grand Rapids figure and former Ambassador to Italy, persuaded Fred Meijer, founder of the Meijer stores, to donate money for the trail. Kent County added $1 million to purchase additional land.

The construction will also connect the parks two lakes, paving the way for a future boating area. For now, the paths will give trail lovers access to areas of the park. The remained or the trail is expected to be open by the end of summer.

Millennium Park is in the process of returning approximately 1,500 acres of this land to publicly owned, urban greenspace. Once completed, the Park and facilities will touch the four cities of Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville and Wyoming. It will be twice as large as New York's Central Park, which served as a model for Millennium Park. It will be one of the largest urban parks in the country.

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