Ottawa County recently celebrated the opening of Phase I of the Spoonville Trail with a Ribbon–Cutting and Donor Recognition Ceremony. The new non–motorized trail stretches almost two miles from North Cedar Drive in Robinson Township to Leonard Road in Crockery Township. Phase II, which is scheduled for summer 2017 construction, will expand the path an additional two miles from Leonard Road and 120th Avenue to Nunica.
Prein&Newhof designed both phases of the Spoonville Trail, incorporating local landmarks and monuments, such as the Sgt. Henry E. Plant pathway on M–231 over the Grand River and the Crockery Creek Natural Area. The Spoonville Trail is meant to connect the north end of the North Bank Trail to the south end of the Grand River Greenway Trail. The goal is to have a network of non–motorized trails that will span from Grand Rapids to Lake Michigan.
Through the Federal Transportation Alternatives Program, the Michigan Department of Transportation provided more than $600,000 to the project. Smaller donations were also given by numerous partners.
Do you want to experience the trail yourself? Take this virtual bike trip: