Snyder in Ann Arbor Tuesday for major funding announcement about Michigan's Iron Belle Trail

Contact: Ed Golder, 517-284-5815
Agency: Natural Resources

April 16, 2018
Gov. Rick Snyder will join Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle, Department of Natural Resources officials and several other state and local officials to announce a major private funding development regarding Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail – the state’s showcase trail that runs along two distinct bicycling and hiking routes from Belle Isle in Detroit, all the way to Ironwood in Michigan’s westernmost Upper Peninsula. 

The 2,019-mile trail is roughly 68 percent finished. Tuesday’s announcement will outline two major, private donations critical to moving the trail toward completion.

WHAT: Iron Belle Trail funding announcement and donor recognition event. 

WHO: Gov. Rick Snyder, MDOT Director Kirk Steudle, DNR officials, and other partners and significant donors. 

WHEN: 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 17.

WHERE: Gallup Park, 3000 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor. 

Event location: Gallup Park is located off Geddes Road, about 1 mile west of U.S. 23. The event will take place at the park shelter. Once you enter the park, continue along the park road, across the one-lane bridge, toward the shelter, which is on the south side of the Huron River. 

In case of inclement weather: Meet inside the park’s canoe livery. Stop in the first parking area you come to off of Geddes Road. If this option is used, staff will be posted in several spots along the road to direct guests to the right event location.

Background: The concept of a “showcase trail” for Michigan was first introduced by Gov. Snyder in 2012 in a special message on energy and the environment. The vision was for a fully connected trail that built on Michigan’s existing network of trails and that, when completed, traversed the entire state and offered users a variety of ways to explore it. Trail development support has included federal and state grants, trails associations, and plenty of volunteer effort. Learn more at
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