Dear Friends and Trail Supporters:
Welcome to the West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition’s homepage. If you love to hike, bike, walk, run, or simply enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors you’ve come to the right place. The trail network throughout West Michigan is extensive and we are proud to play a vital role in its development.
WMTGC was formed in May of 2000 and in February of 2005 we received our 501 c (3) non-profit status. We began and remain, a small grassroots group of individuals representing the region as a facilitator of trails. WMTGC serves as a resource, consultant, advocate, and liaison for grassroots trail groups and communities throughout West Michigan, who are considering a trail and/or trail system in their area. We help them formulate a realistic plan for the development and maintenance of their trail, and we’re there for them, as needed, throughout the trail building process- including the work to find funding. Next year marks 15 years of trail involvement for WMTGC and we now have over 775 miles of trails throughout West Michigan thanks to our donors, volunteers, and partners.
To coordinate a regional trails & greenways infrastructure.
To develop a non-motorized trail network that connects our communities, wildlife areas, parks, historic landmarks, and civic destinations. In this way, we build something sustainable for future generations to enjoy.
Grants from WMTGC:
Special thanks to every project WMTGC received an application from for our 2015 Trail Grants cycle. West Michigan is lucky to have so many wonderful projects in various stages of development. Congratulations goes out to the following projects:
Kent County Parks: $82,000 for the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail land and easement acquisition near West River Drive
Village of Muir: $50,000 for the Muir-Lyons CIS (Clinton Ionia Shiawassee) Trail connector over the Maple River
Ottawa County: $50,000 for Phase 1 construction of the Spoonville Trail
City of Walker: $30,000 for the Fred Meijer Standale Trail Lake Michigan Drive Pedestrian Tunnel
Crockery Township: $20,000 for Phase II construction of the North Bank Trail
How to Help:
The age old saying “give of your time, your talents, or your treasures” applies perfectly to the trail world. The success of our trail network relies on monetary support but also on individuals caring for them. Joining a “Friends Group” is a great way to meet other like minded trail supporters and put your talents to use. We encourage every trail user to feel a sense of ownership over our West Michigan Trail Network. Together we can keep them safe, well maintained, and filled with activity! As we grow our user network, we grow our support system. WMTGC is always looking for more volunteers… please connect with us to learn more about those opportunities.
Everyday someone in West Michigan explores a trail. Perhaps it is their first time taking that step towards an active lifestyle or maybe a new trail they finally have time to visit. Either way, the benefits of trails connecting our communities is substantial. They increase home values, offer safe outlets for recreation, and provide alternative paths for transportation. Our hope at WMTGC is that every resident and tourist in West Michigan has an opportunity to explore all that our beautiful trail network has to offer and that one day all of our communities will be connected. Then our vision will be complete.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about our organization. See you on the trails!