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Special Meeting Notice
Monday, February 26th at 6pm

City Hall - Upstairs. Meeting is to pass a resolution for the LARA recreation plan.

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

River Valley Trails Website


Lowell Area Recreation Authority
Draft Recreation Plan
Notice of 30-Day Public Review


The Lowell Area Recreation Authority (LARA) is completing the process of updating its Five-Year Recreation Plan and will publish the draft Plan for public review.  The Recreation Plan will be available at the following locations until the LARA Board holds a public hearing on the Plan:

Lowell City Hall, 301 East Main Street, Lowell, MI 49331
Englehardt Public Library, 200 N. Monroe Street, Lowell MI, 49331
Vergennes Township Hall, 10381 Bailey Dr NE, Lowell, MI 49331
Lowell Charter Township Hall, 2910 Alden Nash Ave SE, Lowell, MI 49331
An on-line version of the Draft Plan is available at
Lowell Area Recreation Authority Draft Recreation Plan 01.24.18

The Recreation Plan is intended to help guide improvements for non-motorized trailways serving the Lowell Community.  The process to develop the Plan includes a community input element.  Now that a draft of the Plan has been completed, the LARA is offering a public comment review period to give residents an opportunity to review and comment on the Plan prior to adoption. 

In addition to attending the public hearing (when announced), you may provide comments on the draft Plan, in several ways:

Thank you for your Input !!!

City of Lowell and
Lowell Area Recreation Authority

The City of Lowell and the Lowell Area Recreation Authority (LARA) will conduct a public meeting on Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Lowell City Hall, 301 E. Main Street, Lowell Michigan 49331.  The purpose of the Public Meeting is to receive input and comments from the public on the proposed applications by the City and LARA to the 2018 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund for separate grants 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 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 www.lowellareatrailway.org. Click here for the map.

Following the public comment period, the City Council will consider a resolution authorizing submittal of their application, which is due on or before April 1, 2018.  The LARA Board will consider a resolution for submittal of their application in a separate meeting on March 14, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Lowell City Hall, 301 E. Main Street, Lowell, MI 49331.

Interested persons may offer comments at the public meeting or submit them in writing prior to the meeting directly to the City Hall address.

                                    Sue Ullery, City Clerk, City of Lowell
                                    Betsy Davidson, Treasurer, Lowell Area Recreation Authority


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

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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