Extend the 3 Mile Trail: Safe Routes To East Middle School
Awesome news! Safe Routes to School is coming to East Middle School!
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.
A quick update:
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’s 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 the schools – from the Library, Oleson’s, TART Trails and BATA too! – to extend the trail and earlier this summer the East Bay Parks, Planning Commission and Board of Trustees all passed resolutions of support to move ahead with the grant application.
A walking/biking audit will be conducted at East Middle School on Monday, October 16th after school as a crucial part of the planning process. Meet in the cafeteria at 2:45. Parents, students, teachers, administration and East Bay residents and business owners are welcome. Plan for 2 hours.