Group hopes to boost trail system

Jordan Beck | Daily Press An entrance to the city of Escanaba Recreational Area on North 30th Street — where the city’s west-side recreational trails are located — is pictured. A new organization formed to assist with the creation and maintenance of a non-motorized, multi-use Delta County trail system will hold its second official public informational meeting Wednesday at the Terrace Bay Hotel’s Freshwater Tavern at 7 p.m.

GLADSTONE — A newly-formed organization which aims to assist in the creation and maintenance of a non-motorized, multi-use Delta County trail system will hold its second official public informational meeting Wednesday. The meeting will take place at the Terrace Bay Hotel’s Freshwater Tavern at 7 p.m.

According to a press release issued by the organization (which currently has no official name), its mission is “to further utilize the region’s assets, as well as expand recreational opportunities for all silent sport activities for residents and visitors.” To this end, they plan to work with landowners, municipalities, trail builders, and government agencies.

“We are going to designate and improve current trail systems, along with creating additional trails in Delta County,” local resident Tony Lambert said. Lambert is a board member of the organization.

Lambert and the board’s other members are local enthusiasts of activities such as biking, running, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. While there are no representatives of area governments on the board so as to avoid conflicts of interest, Lambert said people involved with government on the city, county, and state levels were in attendance at the organization’s first informational meeting in January.

Discussion topics at the meeting will include the organization’s structure, the formation of committees, and its short-term and long-term goals. One of the organization’s top long-term priorities is related to a proposed expansion of an existing trail in the Days River area.

“Plans already exist to add 19 miles of additional single-track trails at (the) Days River Pathway,” Lambert said. The organization plans to work towards “resurrecting” these plans, which were initially drawn up in 2015, and helping to implement them. The group’s shorter-term priorities include officially designating existing trails in the Days River area and assisting with the city of Escanaba’s west-side recreational trails.

The organization will also work towards finding new ways of encouraging young people to make use of Delta County’s non-motorized trails.

“One of the key aspects of this organization is to ensure that we offer organized programs for our youth to enjoy riding their bikes or trail running on local trails,” Lambert said. The organization will have a subcommittee devoted to exploring trail-related opportunities for youths in Delta County.

Lambert said he and his fellow board members are looking forward to making a difference with the organization.

“Everyone is very passionate about this (and) excited about this,” he said.

For more information, contact Lambert at (906) 280-2923.

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