Ribbon Cutting for Delhi Township's Sycamore Trail
Monday, September 15, 2014
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
For more information contact:
Tracy L. C. Miller
Delhi Township Director of Community Development
*For immediate release*
Sept. 15, 2014
Delhi Township's Sycamore Trail will officially open with a ribbon cutting ceremony to be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., announced Township Supervisor C.J. Davis. The public is invited to attend.
The trails are favorite destinations for walkers, runners and bicyclists. "This newest trail is a great thing not only for Delhi residents, but for all those who travel the non-motorized trails," said Davis. "The trails add to the quality of life for everyone in the area, and we're excited to continue to expand the network and connect our communities."
The Sycamore Trail connects on its north end to Lansing River Trail at the corner of Aurelius and Jolly Roads, and on its south end to the Valhalla Trail at Willoughby Road in Holt. A new interactive website at www.delhitrails.com provides a map of each trail as well as a description of the surrounding area and amenities. The website is viewable in any standard browser and is interactive for mobile devices. Once on the trail, you'll be able to find out your proximity to nearby businesses, services and other points of interest. Coming soon along the trails will also be QR codes which, in conjunction with a smartphone, will provide additional information.
The trail will encourage biking and walking and increase opportunities for transportation alternatives. In addition, the new trail will help to promote tourism and support businesses in the region.
The Sycamore Trail construction has been funded, in part, by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) via a grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund in the amount of up to $300,000. In addition, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has provided grant funding allocated by the Federal Highway Administration under the Transportation Enhancement program in an amount up to $2,352,930. The remaining required funding has been paid using local funds.
To bring this project to fruition involved many key partnerships. In addition to MDNR and MDOT, the project would not have been possible without the support and facilitation of the Ingham County Road Department. Consumer's Energy has also been a key partner in providing approval for placement of a part of the trail on property that it owns. Many private property owners have also provided easements for the trail.
The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 4184 Willoughby Road in Holt, just west of Pine Tree Road. The ceremony will include a brief program featuring special guest speakers, and refreshments will be served.
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