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Extend the 3 Mile Trail: Charging Ahead

 

After four successful Safe Routes to School walking audits at East Middle SchoolCherry Knoll Elementary SchoolGrand Traverse Area Catholic Schools‘ SEAS and Grand Traverse Academy, it’s time to put those findings into action.

Parents and students from all four schools as well as East Bay residents and business owners are encouraged to participate in a community-wide, multi-school  Action Planning meeting. This meeting is a crucial part of a Safe Routes To School grant to extend the 3 Mile trail.

When: Tomorrow! Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30P

Where: Grand Traverse Academy gymnasium

What: Review audit observations, maps and identify possible improvements that will make it safer for students to get themselves to school. Think a separated trail, better traffic calming, crosswalks, bike lanes, sidewalks, lighting. Training will be provided by the SRTS team. Snacks provided!

Why: With four schools, a library, a BATA bus stop, a grocery store, and many other businesses, the 3 mile/Hammond intersection deserves better. Much better.

Bad news: 11 years later and the 3 Mile trail still goes nowhere.

Good news: we’re working on it.

How: After many, many meetings and a successful awareness campaign this spring powered by our youth leadership council, we’re excited to partner with Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS), Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools (GTACS) and Grand Traverse Academy (GTA) on a $800,000 – $200,000 is available per school – Safe Routes To School (SRTS) infrastructure grant to help extend the 3 Mile trail to Hammond.

This SRTS grant will improve safety at the four schools near the 3 Mile/Hammond intersection:

  • East Middle
  • Cherry Knoll
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  • Grand Traverse Academy

We believe outcomes of this SRTS grant will result in a safer, healthier, happier and better connected East Bay that will benefit these students but all township residents, business owners and visitors.

We’ve secured letters of support from:

  • All four schools
  • Traverse Area District Library
  • Oleson’s
  • TART Trails
  • BATA

Earlier this summer the East Bay Parks, Planning Commission and Board of Trustees each passed a resolution of support to move ahead with the grant application.


If you can’t attend tomorrow’s meeting please make your voice heard by joining our 3 Mile Team: