HARBOR Inc will be celebrating the completion of three trails in June.
Submitted to Harbor Light Newspaper
Harbor Area Regional Board of Resources, Inc. (HARBOR, Inc.) will celebrate the completion of three trail projects in the Harbor Springs area with a grand opening and ribbon cutting, Jump for Trails event, and Community Bicycle Rodeo in June.
A ¾ mile section of the Little Traverse Wheelway to Harbor Springs including a 500' boardwalk was constructed, completing the final section of Little Traverse Wheelway into Harbor Springs.
Hoyt Trail is a nearly one mile Safe Routes to School trail on the west side of Hoyt Road. The sidewalk portion of the trail connects from an existing sidewalk just north of Lake Street to the Harbor Springs City limits at Pete's Run where a 10 foot wide trail begins extending to just north of Quick Road at Forest Way in the Forest Ridge Development.
A 300' connector trail located through the wooded area behind the Bay Bluffs facility was constructed to connect a trail-head area in Kosequat Park with the Little Traverse Wheelway and provided necessary wayfinding signage.
"The completion of these projects represents the culmination of many years of collaboration, planning, fundraising, and negotiations. We graciously thank our many donors, government entities, organizations, and community supporters that have made these trails a reality," said Rachel Smolinski, HARBOR, Inc. Executive Director.
"In recognition of the completion of the trails and our many donors, we are holding a grand opening and ribbon cutting for each trail section on June 19 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the south end of Hoyt Trail at the hill, then 9:45 a.m. at the Kosequat Park Connector Trail behind Bay Bluffs Care Facility, and ending at 10 a.m. on the Little Traverse Wheelway at the Wequetonsing Boardwalk," Smolinski said.
On June 13 , at 6pm at the Harbor Springs Airport, HARBOR, Inc. will host a "Jump for Trails" fundraising event with proceeds to support the community trails and our Safe Routes to School Program. Bill Dohm, Little Traverse Township Supervisor, is turning 70 and would like to celebrate with a sky diving adventure in support of the Harbor Springs non-motorized trail system. Donations to support the trails can be made on-line at www.harborinc.org or by calling HARBOR, Inc. at 231-526-5060. Join Top of Michigan Trails Council prior to the event at 5:15 pm at Little Traverse Township Park (intersection of M-119 and Pleasantview Road) to see the unveiling of the new wayfinding signage for the Little Traverse Wheelway.
On June 29, 9 a.m.-Noon at the Harbor Springs City Hall parking lot, HARBOR, Inc. will partner with the Harbor Springs Police and Fire Departments, Harbor Springs SK8 Park, Emmet County Sheriff, Kiwanis Club of Harbor Springs Key Club, and Touring Gear to offer a Harbor Springs Community Bicycle Rodeo for kids up to age 14. The rodeo will offer bicycle and helmet inspections, bicycle safety skills and information, and bicycle registration. Food will be provided.
"Offering a bicycle rodeo will help promote safety for our most vulnerable age group and remind parents that bicycle safety is important both on the road and trails," Smolinski said.