Recreation and Alternative Transportation

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Harbor Way Trail

We strive to ensure long-term sustainability of recreational assets for both quality of life and economic reasons.
and to promote alternative transportation within the HARBOR, Inc. service area.

Harbor Way Multi-use Trail

The Harbor Way is an enhanced multi-use trail connecting the current trail system around Harbor Springs( including the Little Traverse Wheelway) to the waterfront, downtown area, and amenities.  This design includes new and enhanced sections of multi-use trail, safety features, and signage.

For more information on the project or to donate,  please contact HARBOR, Inc. at 231-526-5060.

Little Traverse Wheelway

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Little Traverse Wheelway at the Weque Boardwalk

The re-establishment of a turn of the century trail-way goes from Waller Road in Charlevoix Township to Lake Street in Harbor Springs. There are local connecting sidewalks and bike routes to link downtown Charlevoix (at the bridge) to downtown Harbor Springs (at State Street) for a total of 26.65 miles. The trail itself is 23.25 miles and is surfaced with 8’ to 10’ wide asphalt or 6’ wide concrete sidewalk and is open for non-motorized use only; cyclists, hikers, runners, walkers and inline skaters may share this “quiet” trail year round.

HARBOR, Inc. facilitated the construction of a portion of the Harbor Springs segment from the Harbor Springs Airport into the City of Harbor Springs and participates on the Little Traverse Wheelway Committee.

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Safe Routes to School and the Hoyt Trail

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Hoyt Trail at Forest Ridge

HARBOR, Inc. coordinated with local governments, Harbor Springs Public Schools, and the Emmet County Road Commission and to obtain  funding through the Michigan Safe Routes to School Program and received the award for construction of the approximately 1-mile trail along the west side of Hoyt Road extending from Lake Street to just north of Quick Road.

Hoyt Trail is a nearly one mile trail on the west side of Hoyt Road. The sidewalk portion of the trail starts from an existing sidewalk just north of Lake Street to the Harbor Springs City limits at Pete’s Run where a 10 foot wide trail begins extending to just north of Quick Road at Forest Way in the Forest Ridge Development.

The Safe Routes to School award also included funding for encouragement activities (Walking School Bus, pedometers, walking/biking logbooks) within the school system. This program was supplemented with funds awarded from the Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation to address safety when walking/biking to school and other encouragement activities.We will continue to work on Safe Routes to School activities in the coming years.

 

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Harbor Springs Connector Trail

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Connector Trail at Kosequat Park

A 300' connector trail located through the wooded area behind the Bay Bluffs facility was constructed over an existing dirt path. The trail connects a trail-head area in Kosequat Park with the Little Traverse Wheelway and provides necessary wayfinding signage.

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Cross Village Sidewalk Project

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Cross Village Sidewalk

HARBOR, Inc. assisted Cross Village Community Services with implementation of the Phase 2 of the Cross Village Sidewalk Project. An approximately 877’ section of sidewalk was installed on North Lake Shore Drive between Third and Short Streets in the Village during the summer of 2012.

The Cross Village sidewalk system consists of the following:

Phase 1: Section from N. State Road to Brady
Phase 2: Section from Third to Short Street
Phase 3: Section from Short to Oak Street

Phase 4: Section from Oak to Pine Grove Street
Phase 5: Section from N. Lake Shore Drive to Levering Road via Brady Street

The outcomes of the project are a safer and healthier community, and increased pedestrian access.  Successful completion of the Cross Village Sidewalk system increases economic viability, attracting more businesses and people to the area.

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