Friday, November 6, 2009

Grand Traverse Center Road Natural Area Has New Trails

trail building volunteers
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based on a news article in the Grand Traverse Herald

Center Road Natural Area in Peninsula Township near Traverse City has several new trails. Volunteers from the Grand Traverse Hikers Club persevered, and after two rain dates finally were able to work this past Sunday.

Trails were added through the former orchard on the property. A year ago, voters approved the purchase and creation of a park which will be managed by the township. In addition to the orchard the property "includes a bowl-shaped meadow, a climax hemlock forest, varied animal habitat and undeveloped East Bay frontage." Parking has been added, and nearby homeowners have indicated that they will simply walk to the property.

Dick Naparala, familiar in North Country Trail circles, said "Basically, a trail gives people an opportunity for recreation or for exercise. I live on the Peninsula and I think it's a wonderful thing to have another (quiet) area, it's kind of a little oasis in all this busyness."

Thousands of volunteer hours have already been logged putting in fencing and boundary markings. All the volunteer time saves taxpayers money.

The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has partnered with the township and friends of the project to acquire the land. Other supporters include Hagerty Insurance, TC Rentals, and the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments.

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