Grand Traverse County

West Boardman Lake Trail

Project Description

Grand Traverse County wanted to close the final 1.5-mile-long gap in the trail loop around Boardman Lake. The trail links users to community assets including the library, a food market, the Northwestern Michigan College University Center, densely populated neighborhoods in both Traverse City and Garfield Township, and several commercial areas surrounding Boardman Lake.

Grand Traverse County hired Prein&Newhof to do geotechnical design, topographic surveying and mapping, assist in public meetings, and create design development drawing. The trail crosses several municipal boundaries and involves many stakeholders, including Traverse Area Recreation and Transportation Trails (TART), community members, and property owners.


Scott Post, PE
Project Manager


The County won a $75,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Coastal Zone Management Program to fund the trail’s preliminary design. Tax increment financing and Brownfield money also funded the preliminary design.