Extend the 3 Mile Trail: Safe Routes To School Goes To East Bay

 

With four schools, a library, a BATA bus stop, a grocery store, and many other businesses, the 3 Mile/Hammond area in East Bay township deserves better. Much better.

Bad news: 13 years later and the 3 Mile trail still goes nowhere.

Good news: we’re working on it.

What a year 2017 was! From several early morning rides to East Middle School and Grand Traverse Academy in the spring with members of our youth leadership council to three successful resolutions of support by East Bay boards in the summer to three excellent walk audits at Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ SEAS, EMS and Cherry Knoll Elementary in the fall to a community-wide action planning meeting in November, we have much to be proud of.
 
Thanks to everyone who has helped in this Safe Routes To School grant process to extend the 3 Mile trail.

A quick update:

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 (that’s $200,000 available per school) Safe Routes To School (SRTS) infrastructure grant to help extend the 3 Mile trail from South Airport Road to Hammond Road.

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 Township that will benefit these students but all township residents, business owners, and visitors.

We’ve secured letters of support from:

  • All four schools
  • TADL
  • Oleson’s
  • TART Trails
  • BATA

Despite this momentum, the design study to assess trail costs and possible location (a study that TART Trails fundraised $10,000 and East Bay budgeted $40,00 for) has yet to happen.

But! Our friends at the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy just announced that the former Mitchell Creek Golf Course will become a public preserve that might be able to provide a location for the trail. Awesome, right!?

If you support a safer, healthier, happier and better connected East Bay Township that will not only benefit students but township residents, business owners, and visitors alike, please add your name below to stay engaged with this #extendthe3miletrail campaign: