The Lowell Area Recreation Authority (LARA) volunteer group was formed to research ways to better the recreation opportunities for residents in the Lowell Area. The LARA, through a grant provided by the Lowell Area Community Fund of the Grand Rapids Foundation, proceeded by hiring the Lansing-based firm of Landscape Architects & Planners, Inc. (LAP) to help guide the LARA in the development of an area-wide trailway master plan.

A board has been established that consists of an elected official from Vergennes Township, Lowell Charter Township and the City of Lowell. There are also 3 representatives from each municipality and one jointly appointed representative.This multilateral cooperative effort is intended to give the majority of the concerned entities in the Lowell area an equal voice in the LARA recreation planning efforts.