“If the sky could dream it would dream of dragons” -Llona Andrews, Fate's Edge
The much anticipated Dragon Trail recently received some good news from the DNR Trust Fund.
A Newaygo County grant for $180,000 and a Mecosta Township grant for $205,400 are reimbursement based and, along with other donated funds, will help build the next ten miles of the biking/hiking trail over the next two building seasons.
The grants are part of $25.6 million recommended by the board including $11.5 million for 60 recreation development projects. Thee include two in the district represented by state Senator Jon Bumstead, The Dragon and a waterway access project in the village of Fruitport.
“The funding will support a diverse range of projects that will allow more folks to enjoy Michigan’s unique natural resources,” said state Sen. Jon Bumstead. “I’ve always been an avid outdoorsman and will stand in support of both of these projects when they reach the Legislature. “I am happy to see these developments in our communities moving forward so we can continue passing down the love for Michigan’s outdoors.”
Since the early October groundbreaking ceremony roughly 5 miles of trail have been built in three locations according to NC Parks Director Nick Smith.
“By spring of 2020 these sections of trail will be finished, and the first three bridges will be installed. By the Summer of 2020, these trail sections near Brower Park, Newaygo State Park, Sandy Beach County Park, will be opened to the public.”
The unique trail will include six trailheads, 13 designated trail overlooks and parking at existing recreation sites. The trail will have a natural surface and will be two feet wide when completed.