Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Where is the trail going to go?  - There are several trail sections that all connect to make up the over 2 mile project.
    • Section 1 – North side of Foreman St. (City of Lowell) – from railroad tracks west to Gee Dr., then south on Gee Dr. to Creekside Park where it will connect to the existing Safe Routes to School Trail along Gee Dr.
    • Section 2 – East Side of Alden Nash – Connecting to the Safe Routes trail on Gee Dr., the new trail will be placed on the east side of Alden Nash Rd. within the road right of way and within private easements in some locations.  The trail parallels the road all the way to Foreman Road.  The trail will cross at the intersection of Alden Nash and Foreman and continue east for a short distance on the north side of Foreman Rd.
    • Section 3 Behind homes on east side of Alden Nash – The trail will be placed within an easement on property owned by Economicology, L.L.C.  The trail will parallel Alden Nash Rd. on the east side, until to gets to the entrance to the Alden Nash subdivision, where it will turn left (west) to cross Alden Nash Rd.
    • Section 4 Alden Nash West Easement – The Trail will continue west through an easement provided through the Alden Nash West subdivision.  The trail will continue west where it will cross over onto Lowell Area School property.
    • Section 5 High School South Football Parking Lot – The trail connects to the south edge of the High School football stadium parking lot.  From there, users will be directed to existing walking routes on school property to reach the final section of the trail.
    • Section 6 High School Tennis Court Parking Lot to Wege/Wittenbach Envoronmental Center – The last section of the trail will begin at the parking lot east of the High School tennis courts, where it will continue north to a new crossing of Vergennes Ave. to the Wege/Wittenbach Environmental Center.

 

  1. Who is paying for the trail? – There are no City or Township taxes being used to fund this project, totaling over $1 million dollars!  The trail is being constructed using a variety of grants and local donations including the Lowell Area Community Fund, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Transportation.  A complete list of funding sources will be available upon project completion.
  2. When will it be ready to use? – Construction starts June 6 and is scheduled to be complete near Labor Day 2011.
  3. Who can use the trail? – The trail will be a public trail open to all non-motorized pedestrian use (wheelchairs, strollers, walkers, runners, cyclist, skateboarders)
  4. Will the trail be paved? – Yes!  The trail will be paved 10 ft. wide with constructed boardwalks over creek crossings and wetland areas.
  5. Will the trail connect to anywhere?Currently, on the east end on Foreman Road (east of Metric Manufacturing), the trail will connect to the new Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail that is currently underway.  This trail connects to Smyrna, Belding, Greenville and eventually to Alma!  We are working on Phase 2 plans for an eventual connection to the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail that will connect Lowell to Saranac, Ionia and ultimately Owosso!
  6. Where can I learn more about the trail and how to donate towards the on-going development and upkeep of the Lowell Area Trails? – Thank you for your interest!!!  Please visit our website at http://www.lowellareatrailway.org/.

 

Will this trail cause my taxes to increase?
The Trail Board intends to seek private funding and governmental grants to provide the capital to build the trail. No millage is being proposed.



The plan seems to show the trail going through my property, don't I have any say in this?
The routes that are being shown on promotional materials follow suggestions made by the consulting engineers. Proper legal authority must be granted by the landowner before any construction begins.

 

Who will pay to keep up the trail?
Basic up-keep, such as emptying trash, will be the responsibility of the local city or township. Periodic clean-up days are envisioned for volunteer groups. Turf plantings or more elaborate landscaping is not planned at this time, but may be considered in the future if funds and/or volunteers are available.

 

When will we be able to use the trail?
Significant time may be required to raise funds for the trail. The ultimate timing may depend on the enthusiasm of volunteers, donors and participating agencies. Two years or more may be expected before the first phase of the trail becomes usable.

 

Will the trail be plowed in winter?
Any trail plowing will be the responsibility of the local governmental body (city or township) and is likely to be dictated by community interest and availability of funds.

 

Can snowmobiles use the trail?
Snowmobile use is not likely to be permitted since most of the trail will be close to residential areas.

 

What if someone gets hurt on my property?
Appropriate legal arrangements will be made so that owners of land near the trail will be held harmless for injuries incurred by people using the trail.

 

Where will the money come from?
Initial capital to build the trail will be raised by private donations from individuals and charitable foundations. Matching grants from the State of Michigan and other sources will be used to pay the balance of the costs.

 

What will happen to donations if they are not enough to build the trails?
The success of the fund-raising effort will be assessed after a pre-determined length of time. If sufficient funds for the complete first phase cannot be raised in a reasonable time, the trail may be constructed in shorter segments extended over a longer period of time.

 

How long will the complete project take?
This is a long term project. Ten years or more may be required for all of the currently envisioned trails and bridges to be completed. This trail base will hopefully become the foundation of a more extended community trail system which will be added to periodically well into the future.