IRON BELLE TRAIL


Description:

The Iron Belle Trail project consists of the construction of an 11.5 mile long, 10 foot wide, crushed limestone trail starting at Passenheim Rd in Waters, and extending north to Fairview Rd in Gaylord.  The trail is an extension of the North Central State Trail, which begins at Fairview Rd in Gaylord and extends north to Mackinaw City.  The local trail project is part of the larger state Iron Belle Trail, planned to be Michigan’s “showcase trail”.  Once completed, the trail will extend over 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the U.P. to Belle Isle in Detroit.  Final completion and opening of the trail to pedestrian traffic occurred in July 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

State Wide Overview
           
Iron Belle Trail Plans

Photos:  

Funding Sources:

  • Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant: $1,380,000.00
  • Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant: $600,000.00
  • Iron Belle Trail grant: $30,000.00
  • Local funding between Otsego County, Otsego Lake Township, and Bagley Township: $610,000.00
  • Department of Natural Resources Trail Program grant: $318,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

NEMCOG Article

DNR Iron Belle Trail Informational Website


IRON BELLE TRAIL EXTENSION


Description:

The Iron Belle Trail Extension project piggybacks on the original project. The extension adds roughly 2-miles of length to the trail through Otsego County, extending it’s southern boundary from Passenheim Rd in Waters, roughly to the Crawford County Line.  As stated above, this local trail project is part of the larger state Iron Belle Trail Project. The Iron Belle Trail is planned to be Michigan’s “showcase trail”.  Once completed, it will extend over 2,000 miles from the far western tip of the U.P. to Belle Isle in Detroit. Construction of the extension began in May 2019, and was completed in July 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

Plans

Photos:  

Funding Sources:

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources IBT Challenge grant: $200,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

Gaylord Herald Times Article


ENTRANCE TO GROEN NATURE PRESERVE


Description:

The Groen Nature Preserve New Entrance Drive and Parking Lot Project consists of the installation of a new crushed limestone driveway, parking lot and pathway, concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter, and cultured stone veneer pillared entrance with an asphalt approach.  The entire drive will be landscaped with approximately 70 sugar maple trees.  The project was completed in July 2019.

Plans & Renderings:

Groen Site Plan

Gate Rendering

Photos: 

Funding Sources:

  • Groen Project Trust Fund: ~$316,000.00

e.  Newspaper articles:

Otsego County Parks and Recreation Groen Nature Preserve Webpage 

Gaylord Herald Times Article

Gaylord Herald Times Article

 


ALPINE CENTER 2ND FLOOR CARPET & PAINT


Description:

The 2nd floor of Otsego County’s Alpine Center received a facelift in the form of new carpet and paint. The new carpet and paint replaced the existing carpet and paint which was over a decade old.

Plans & Renderings:

N/A

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County:  $40,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

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EMPLOYEE PARKING LOT PAVING


Description:

The employee parking lot at the downtown County Building received new asphalt following the demolition of the Information Center.

Plans & Renderings:

N/A

Photos:

Funding Sources:

  • Otsego County: ~ $9,000.00

Newspaper Articles:

N/A

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