North Bank Trail
Spring Lake & Crockery Townships
Spring Lake Township and Crockery Township fund and build a trail that makes more than a few connections.
Spring Lake and Crockery Townships wanted to extend the Spring Lake Trail into their communities. They worked with P&N to design and oversee funding for the project, which included 3.3 miles of 10-foot-wide asphalt path, 300 feet of boardwalk, and two scenic overlooks.
The new trail connects to a Village of Spring Lake Trail on Fruitport Road and runs west along a former Grand Trunk railroad bed, through Spring Lake and Crockery Townships, to 130th Avenue in Crockery Township.
The project also included a 300-foot spur to allow access to the businesses along M-104, including restaurants, a convenience store, and a grocery store. Pedestrian access along M-104 is limited, and this spur improves safety for pedestrians in the area.
The new trail provides a route between a 500-home development and the Village of Spring Lake. It also connects to two large senior housing facilities that previously had limited access to local trail networks.
Crockery Township hopes to extend the trail 4.2 more miles, and has applied for additional grants. The trail will eventually connect to the Musketawa Trail and other regional paths stretching east to Grand Rapids.
The project began when Spring Lake Township obtained a $265,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) grant with a $175,000 local match for 1.5 miles of trail through their community. Crockery Township expressed interest in extending the trail an additional 1.8 miles, and the combined project received a $390,000 MDOT Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grant.
Project Manager Kevin Kieft, PE, (231) 798-0337