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. We hope you will take some time and explore our site. We’ve worked diligently to provide extensive maps of the West Michigan network (special thanks to our partner- Rockford Advertising and the Michigan Trails magazine). You’ll also find event listings, information on our CRAZY & WILD adventure called OVER THE TOP, ways to donate to WMTGC, and most importantly- a page dedicated to our sponsors. These organizations have been vital to our success as a coalition and we hope you will take some time to learn more about them. There is constant change and progress in the trail world. Keep reading to learn more about what we’ve been up to!
Capital Campaign :
All of us at WMTGC are so excited to announce the completion of our 2nd capital campaign- “Connecting Communities, Completing the Vision”. This campaign raised over $3.6 million for the West Michigan Regional Trail Network. Most importantly, this campaign created a $3 million maintenance endowment thanks to the generosity of the Meijer Foundation. Held at the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, this endowment will be managed by WMTGC and help fund the long and short term maintenance needs of the the West Michigan Fred Meijer Regional Trail Network. This campaign was truly a partnership across West Michigan. Click here to learn more about our donors and how the remaining campaign dollars will be spent.
OVER THE TOP:
In June we launched an inaugural event entitled “Great Lakes Ride, Lake Michigan: OVER THE TOP”. From June 12-21, 2014 an adventurous group of folks biked their way from Manitowoc, WI “OVER THE TOP” of Lake Michigan, and ended in Ludington, MI. All proceeds from this annual ride will be focused on new trail projects in the future. We are in the process of planning our 2015 ride and are excited about a few changes to both the route and activities along the way. It’s safe to say that this year would not have been successful without our fearless squad of volunteers. Their smiling faces greeted riders every morning, hauled their bags from site to site, aided them on rest stops, fixed flat tires, and so much more. Check out some photos from this great tour and learn how you can join us in 2015 either as a rider or a volunteer by visiting our OVER THE TOP section.
Text To Give:
So much of what we do at WMTGC relies on the generosity of others. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and receive no government support. Our funding comes strictly from foundations, businesses, and individuals like you. Times are changing however in the world of philanthropy and we are excited to explore a new path for accepting donations. We’ve recently partnered with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and the Mobile Giving Foundation to bring TEXT TO GIVE to WMTGC. It’s easy as pie… simply text “GHACFTRAILS to 20222” to make a $10 donation to our cause. The charge goes right on your cell phone bill and you don’t get added to any crazy mailing/call lists. Visit our Donate page to learn more about this incredible way to blend generosity with technology. It’s a simple and quick way to show your support for our West Michigan trail network.
Grants from WMTGC:
New to WMTGC is an established granting cycle for how we will help fund trail projects. Beginning this fall we will offer our grant application online from November 1-December 31, 2014. Applicants can either fill in their request online or mail us a hard copy. Our board will review all applications and grant awards will be determined by March 1, 2015. If you have a project that is seeking funding please apply! Any questions should be directed to Kati Santee, Executive Director at email@example.com or 616-485-7805
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!