Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway

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  • 42.286838, -85.514883
  • 42.294312, -85.572011
  • 42.294732, -85.574084
  • 42.295396, -85.574637

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail is a planned-to-be 35-mile non-motorized trail in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. It currently sits at 17 miles. A master plan for the Trail was completed and portions of the trail are finished and open to the public. A community campaign to raise $5.9 million, to be combined with committed government funds, is underway to secure the remaining dollars needed to finish the trail.

Upcoming trail segments

During 2009 the trail segment from Rose Park in Kalamazoo to Mosel avenue was completed. This section includes a 14 ft. wide bridge over the Kalamazoo River at Paterson Street. In 2010 construction will begin on a 5-mile section from Mosel Avenue to D Avenue. This segment of trail will go through Markin Glen Park and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. Following completion of this section, the county will pursue construction of the segments from Mayors’ Riverfront Park to Sprinkle Avenue (1.7 miles) and from Sprinkle Avenue to 35th Street (5.5 miles). After that work from 35th Street to Battle Creek (9.5 miles) and from Michigan Avenue to Kilgore Road (4 miles) will be finished. The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will link Battle Creek to the Kal-Haven Trail from east to west and D Avenue to the City of Portage from north to south.

Funding

Kalamazoo County and the Parks Foundation are partners in securing the $18.6 million needed to complete the entire Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. During Phase I of a fund raising campaign, which secured funds for the Kalamazoo to Kal-Haven segment and the Kalamazoo to Parchment segment, $2.8 million was raised in charitable funds from the community. Another $2.4 million was secured in Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) funds and $468,100 from local governments.

The Parks Foundation is now raising charitable gifts for Phase II of the campaign to complete all remaining trail sections. The goals for this phase are $5.9 million in charitable contributions from the community, $5.5 million in MDOT investment, and $1.5 million. in local government commitments. These goals include an endowment fund corpus of $2,000,000 for future trail maintenance.

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References and More Info

  • Trail Location
  • Trail Measurement
    30 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    42°17'12.6"N
  • Compass Longitude
    85°30'53.6"W
  • Numeric Latitude
    42.286838
  • Numeric Longitude
    -85.514883
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