The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Board has recommended funding for expansion of the River Valley Trail in Ionia County, according to a press release from 87th District Rep. Julie Calley.
The $290,000 project would involve construction of 14.5 miles of non-motorized trail from the Ionia-Kent County line to the north city limits of Lowell, then south from Lowell to Saranac, where it will connect to the existing Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Trail. The new pathway would further develop an existing corridor, which connects the Ionia River Trail to the Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee Trail and contributes to the planned 125-mile trail system between Alma and Owosso.
“Ionia County is an ideal destination for people seeking to take advantage of our abundant natural resources,” Calley said. “Expanding this trail system will give local families and visitors more opportunities to go outside and play and enjoy the scenery.
“This project is a perfect example of how local and state governments can work together and improve the quality of life for Michigan families.”
Funding for the project comes from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments. The legislature will consider the recommendation in 2018.