For those who want to find out more about the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail there will be a celebration of the completion of the most recent segment of the trail -- from Mayor's Riverfront Park to Comstock -- from noon to 4 p.m. June 9. The event begins at South Wenke Park in Comstock.
Free T-shirts to the first 500 attendees, music, bike decorating and more are planned for the celebration.
The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail has been a work in progress since 1991. When it is finished it will connect to Battle Creek’s Linear Park, linking over 140 miles of regional trail in Southwest Michigan. Kal-Haven State Park Trail, and Portage Bicentennial Park Trail also will be linked to it.
Once complete, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail will stretch for 35 miles throughout Kalamazoo County. Kalamazoo will be a regional hub connecting Battle Creek to Lake Michigan and D Avenue to Portage.
The trail also is part of a state-wide effort to link Lake Michigan to Lake Huron--a trail system known as The Great Lake to Lake Trail.
To find out how you can help make the complete trail a reality, please visit here
Simon Borst is an artist in Kalamazoo.
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