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The Lowell Area Recreation Authority (LARA) is extending existing paved trails from Gee Drive to Fulton St (M-21) along Alden Nash.  This extension will connect to the new Lowell Township North Park, businesses on the West End of Fulton Street and allow us to get closer to connecting to Stoney Lakeside Park, the Dog Park, the Kent County Fairgrounds and the future bridge across the Grand River to the current Lowell Township Park on Grand River Dr.

The new Lowell Township North Park (behind Walgreens on Bowes Rd) was designed to provide the community with different uses other than our current parks we have in our community.  Over 30 acreas of recreation such as Frisbee Golf, Gaga Pit, Volleyball Courts, Basketball Courts, Lowell Area Historical Museum Early Fur Trade Building, Concessions and a paved trail throughout the park.  Lowell Township is also seeking funds for the new Park.  Contact Lowell Township for more information on sponsorship opportunities and donating to the new Lowell Township North Park 616-897-7600.

LARA is seeking funding with sponsorship opportunities from local businesses and private donors for the trail extension.  There is no amount too small for this fundraising effort.  Please consider helping us help our community of Lowell.

Donations can be mailed to:  Lowell Area Recreation Authority, PO Box 98, Lowell, MI  49331.  Checks made out to Lowell Area Recreation Authority and note on the check to "Trail Exension - Phase 1A".  Questions contact Betsy Davidson at 616-293-3206.

Calling all supporters of the Lowell Area Trailway!  Community members who are willing to become involved with a Friends Group.  We have the beginnings of a great trail system, and are at the stage where we REALLY need the involvement of caring community members to help and guide our future growth and maintenance. For further information please contact Mari Stone at clerk@vergennestwp.org


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Click here for the Lowell Area Map for the Lowell Area Trailway and the Lowell Area section for the River Valley Rail Trail Connection

Click here for the Phase I Lowell Area Trailway Map and Walking just for the Health of it!


After years of planning and fundraising, the Lowell Area Recreation Authority Phase 1 Trail project is a reality!   Construction began on June 6, 2011 and completed in the fall of 2011. We are now working on signage and amenities.

Beginning on  Foreman Rd. in the City of Lowell at the railroad tracks, the trail will extend over 2 miles to connect to Lowell High School and the Wege/Wittenbach Nature Center via Gee Drive, Alden Nash Road and several easements. 

Phase I Map of the Lowell Area Trailway
Section 1 through Section 6

Click here for a larger sized map...

The eight-county West Michigan region is home to more than 123,000 acres of park and recreation land. Now, the West Michigan Strategic Alliance (WMSA) is offering a database inventory of all that land for use by government leaders, businesses, residents and visitors. The inventory was completed this past summer by Susie Matteson, an intern working with WMSA's Green Infrastructure Initiative.

The West Michigan Parks and Recreation Inventory lists parkland by county, city, or township with links to online information where available. The database lists the acreage, address, and various recreational
uses for each property. Uses range from sports fields to hiking trails and water access.

The West Michigan Parks and Recreation Inventory is available on the WMSA website at: www.wm-alliance.org/parks.

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Lowell Area Recreation Authority 2009 Recreation Plan (10 meg)

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