Friday, August 26, 2011

Sleeping Bear Get $2 Million Toward Trail

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Sleeping Bear Dunes- Lake Michigan (photo by Carol Spears, Wikimedia, public domain))

based on news from several sources

Hard on the heels of being voted the most scenic place in America, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has now received $2 million in federal grant money toward the goal of completing a multi-use trail through the park. The trail will run for 27 miles from the southern edge of Leelanau County to Good Harbor Bay. As a part of the TART (Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation) Trail System, the Heritage trail is being forged through partnerships with a number of entities.

Dusty Shutz, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Superintendent, says, “The Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail is the single most exciting project to come out of our recently completed General Management Plan."

The grants come from the U.S. Transportation Department and cover a 3.7 mile section of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail from Glen Arbor to the historic Port Oneida site, said Deputy Superintendent Tom Ulrich.

Since passing through public comment in 2008, the trail was designed in 2009. Construction will start next spring for the first four-mile stretch from the park's Dune Climb to Glen Arbor. This stretch, alone, could cut down on the amount of auto traffic congestion. Currently there is no other safe way to travel between these two popular destinations than by car.

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