NEW BUFFALO — A successful late 20022 fund-raising drive to pay for the Michigan Portion of the Marquette Greenway trail (which will connect Chicago to New Buffalo via a non-motorized pathway) was celebrated on Jan. 6 as local trail supporters Gary Wood, Marcy Hamilton and Diane Pyshos accepted a check for $2,000 from Teachers Credit Union in New Buffalo.
Wood (president of the Friends of Berrien County Trails) said the $2,000 donation was part of a successful effort to raise approximately $300,000 that was supported by the community and local businesses.
He said an anonymous matching gift of $120,000 and another major donation gave the drive a big boost.
Hamilton noted that hundreds of smaller donations also were received.
“Everyone loves this project,” noted Pyshos.
Hamilton said construction of the Michigan section (from the state line to a trailhead at Mechanic and Smith streets in New Buffalo) is expected to start in the late spring of 2023.
In a related matter, New Buffalo Township, in partnership with the Berrien County Road Department and the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, will hold a public meeting at its regularly scheduled Township Board meeting (beginning at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17) to present the next phase in the Red Arrow Linear Park project. This project will be an extension of the road diet on Red Arrow Highway and the shared use path from Union Pier (at Community Hall Road) to the light at U.S. 12. This new section of the shared use path will connect to Berrien County’s Galien River Park and to the township’s park and splash pad at the Township Hall.
For more information on the Red Arrow Linear Park, visit the Friends of Berrien County Trails website at www.berrientrails.org/red arrowtrail.asp. If you have any questions or want to learn more, please attend the Jan 17 Township Board meeting or contact Marcy Hamilton as email@example.com.