East Bay Connections: The Three Mile Plan

Five schools and their 4,000+ students are within a mile of the Three Mile and Hammond intersection. Also nearby is a growing number of everyday services to visit. There’s Centre Ice, East Bay Public Library and Township Hall, Oleson’s Grocery, and a taqueria.

We dare to dream with you about a day when this is a tiny village connected by trails, sidewalks, and multiple safe crosswalks.


The latest good news is that the Michigan Department of Transportation awarded Norte a mini-grant to work with East Middle School, St Elizabeth Ann Seton, Cherry Knoll, Grand Traverse Academy on education and encouragement programs.

Norte also officially partnered with the East Bay Township, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, and TART Trails to transform the Three Mile and Hammond area into a more walkable and bike-able place for all. The dream is to extend the three-mile multi-use trail, safe crossings of Three Mile and Hammond, and connector trails to and from the schools. The plan is looking brighter every day, and we are thrilled to be working with these excellent partners.

On August 9, 2021, the East Bay Township Board of Trustees will consider a resolution to support the favored Three Mile Trail Route and needed connections across Hammond and to the schools.


One primary goal towards this end is to extend a 3-mile long multi-use trail that currently ends at South Airport and connect it to all of these proud destinations.

There is good news. Although plenty of work lies ahead, the purchase of the future Mitchell Creek Meadow Preserve by the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy is a trailblazer. We can now see a path for four schools and 4,000 students and their families to connect to a growing network of safe routes. Congratulations are indeed deserving of the Safe Routes to School and Three Mile champions.

Norte is working with regional partners to implement a successful Safe Routes to School project along with the trail extension. The Grand Traverse Academy, Cherry Knoll Elementary, Traverse City East Middle, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Middle, and Seventh Day Adventist (at 4-mile) schools all work together to make this a reality. We also stand with you all to advocate for safer streets throughout the township.


We’ve come a long way from those terrifying early morning rides to East Middle School and Grand Traverse Academy with our youth leadership council members. Since then, we have had three successful resolutions of support by different East Bay boards in the summer and three excellent walk audits at Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools’ SEAS, EMS, and Cherry Knoll Elementary. We also introduced the systems work we’ve been part of a Happy, Healthy, Ready-to-Learn: A Systems Practice Report + Community Conversation at the Library


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 all the great things coming to Easy Bay.