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Lowell Area Trailway Agreement

Click here for the Trail Authority Agreement established in 2004.


Public Notice
Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail Lowell Connection
Proposed Route

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Lowell Rail Trail Connection Project Input Form 2021

The Lowell Area Recreation Authority (LARA) will conduct a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. The purpose of the Public Meeting is to receive input and comments from the public on the proposed application by the LARA to the 2021 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund for a grant for the construction of non-motorized trail improvements. 
The proposed improvements include the installation of new paved non-motorized trails, pedestrian bridges, benches, picnic shelters and signage. This project will go through the Lowell community and will connect to the existing Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail network which extends to Belding, Saranac and points beyond. A copy of the proposed trail route is available for viewing at City Hall and on line at http://www.lowellmi.gov/.
Following the public comment period, the LARA Board will consider a resolution authorizing submittal of their application, which is due on or before April 1, 2021. 
Interested persons may offer comments at the public meeting or submit them in writing prior to the meeting directly to the Lowell Area Recreation Authority at P.O. Box 98, Lowell, Michigan 49331 or by email to betsy@addorio.com

Lowell Rail Trail Connection Project Public Input

To facilitate public input to the proposed Lowell Rail Trail Connection Project, interested persons may ask questions and leave comments using the Lowell Rail Trail Connection Project Input Form and/or at LARA's Facebook page.  Written comments can be put in the drop box or mailed to Lowell City Hall (attn: - Trail Comments), 301 E. Main St., Lowell, MI 49331.


Click here for the Fred Meijer River Valley Rail Trail information and map.

River Valley Trails Website

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 Betsy Davidson at betsy@addorio.com


Generous Supporters ~ Endorsements

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

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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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