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TART works to enrich the Traverse area by providing an interconnected network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use.
To fulfill this mission, TART Trails has established the following goals:
- Provide safe and accessible trails for walking, biking, running, cross-country skiing, inline skating and nature study for all ages and abilities.
- Expand the network of trails and interconnected bikeways, local roads and pedestrian ways.
- Promote the health, environmental, and transportation benefits of walking and biking to work, school and other purposeful destinations.
- Provide trails to enhance the local economy by serving as a destination for outdoor recreational activities by residents and tourists alike.
- Preserve public corridors to maintain ecological "greenways."
- Coordinate maintenance and management activities with various user groups and governmental organizations.
About TART Trails
TART Trails, Inc was formed in 1998 when four individual trail groups in the Traverse City area united to create a stronger force for recreation and alternative transportation in northwest Michigan. TART is dedicated to providing recreation and transportation opportunities as well as preserving open space corridors through a network of trails. TART is a non-profit organization that builds trails, advocates for active living and outdoor recreation. Our work includes negotiating easements, hosting annual events that promote healthy lifestyles, and defending cyclist and pedestrian interests.
Led by a staff of four and a volunteer board of 18 members, TART Trails' mission is to enrich the Traverse area by providing an interconnected network of trails, bikeways and pedestrian ways; and encouraging their use.
Key Recent Accomplishments
- 2007: TART begins a capital campaign to pave the remaining seven miles of the Leelanau Trail. When complete, an unbroken, 28-mile paved trail will exist between Suttons Bay and Acme.
- 2006: TART begins working with a coalition of groups in the region on the Safe Routes to School project.
- 2005: The eastern half of the Boardman Lake Trail in Traverse City opens. Eventually this trail will circle the lake granting easy access to the Traverse Area District Library, Medalie and Hull Parks, Oryana Food Cooperative and city neighborhoods. The completed Boardman Lake Trail will also connect to the TART Trail.
- 2004: The TART Trail is connected to the Leelanau Trail at M-72/M-22. This connection, which took years of easement negotiation, creates a 28-mile stretch of trail between Suttons Bay and Acme.
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