The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation awards $200,000 towards building the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail in addition to grants from the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.
Great Lakes Bay Region, MI - February 3, 2016 - The Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail (GLBRT) recently received notification from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation that the GLBRT has been awarded a $200,000 grant to benefit the connection of the regional trail system. In addition, The Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation have also each contributed $100,000 and $50,000 respectively.
In just a few short years, leadership in Midland, Saginaw and Bay Counties have forged vital economic development ties that will benefit these communities for years to come. One of the initiatives underway is the development of a region-wide, non-motorized trail system that links existing trails in the three counties. This effort is called the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail (GLBRT). Once completed, the GLBRT will be a 100-mile system that links Saginaw, Bay and Midland Counties. The triangular shaped trail system will give walkers, runners, bike riders and skaters access to a multitude of destinations throughout the region, including natural areas, parks, recreational facilities and beautiful landscapes. The first 6.2 mile section, connecting Bay to Saginaw and referred to as the Bay to Zilwaukee trail, is on schedule to be completed in 2016.
"Our overall mission of the GLBRT is to connect the regional trail system while promoting a sense of place, healthy living, protection of our natural resources, and tourism, said Heidi Bolger, chair of the GLBRT Board. The success of the GLBRT is a direct result of the dedication of our volunteer board and the extreme generosity of our regional supporters like The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation."
This ambitious endeavor has secured enthusiastic backing from municipal, county and state officials. Likewise, strong corporate partners and other organizations have already demonstrated their support.
Over $3.8 million has been raised to date from both state and regional sources to support the connection of the GLBRT. The State of Michigan has also placed the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail within the Governor's "Showcase Trail" drawing greater attention to Michigan as The Great Trail State in the U.S.
"The overwhelming regional support from business and foundations remains a key factor in leveraging state trail funds, said Macauley Whiting, Jr., President of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation. We are very excited to contribute to this strong volunteer coalition committed to establishing the regional trail system for the benefit of the citizens in the Great Lakes Bay Region and the State of Michigan."
The GLBRT has also received significant support from the following companies and organization throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region; Arnold and Gertrude Boutell Memorial Fund, Bay Area Community Foundation, Consumers Energy Foundation, Frank N. Andersen Foundation, Dow Corning Foundation, Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation, Hemlock Semiconductor, The Kantzler Foundation, Midland Community Foundation, Saginaw Community Foundation, Smith Charitable Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation and the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network.
Anyone wishing to learn more about the GLBRT project can do so by visiting the GLBRT website at www.greatlakesbaytrails.com.