FERC approval moves trail project forward
By N3 News Team
“The dragons do not dream. They are dreams.” Ursula K. Le Guin
What began as a bit of a dream took a giant leap toward becoming a reality this week.
Years in the making, the planned non-motorized trail circumnavigating Hardy Pond known as The Dragon looks ready to begin the building phase with the arrival of the long awaited approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
“On behalf of the Newaygo and Mecosta County Park Commissions we are very excited to receive approval from FERC,” said Newaygo County Parks Director Nick Smith. We want to thank Consumer's Energy and all of our partners that helped get us to this day.”
The Dragon will provide a 47 mile route bringing cyclists through some of the most picturesque terrain the region has to offer.
“This joint venture between both Park Commissions, Consumers Energy, and with the West Michigan Mountain Bike Alliance is a one of a kind project for this area and the greater midwest region,” added Smith. “We look forward to starting construction and providing a top of the line biking and hiking experience for residents and visitors.”
There were two recent informational meetings held at Sandy Beach and Brower Park. The Dragon is projected to bring a boost to the local economies of both counties meaning more jobs and more visitors to our area.
And when should we expect The Dragon to begin welcoming these new visitors?
"The trail will take about 2 full seasons to build,” replied the Parks Director.“Fundraising continues and we are quickly moving towards our 3.3 million goal."