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Help us Build the Marquette Greenway.

In October of 2017, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) will apply for an FY 2017 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to complete the Marquette Greenway. This ambitious regional, paved non-motorized facility will span 58-miles in length from Calumet Park in Chicago, IL, eastward through the heart of Northwest Indiana, and into downtown New Buffalo, MI.
It has been the desire of those in the South Shore region to have an uninterrupted trail connecting these three states, and in turn providing access to a wide variety of destinations along the lakefront. Numerous entities within this planned corridor have been collaborating with NIRPC for over a decade to realize this bold vision. In 2005, the Greenway became a focal point in the landmark Marquette Plan: Indiana’s Lakeshore Reinvest-ment Strategy document, and has carried forward as a top priority today. The route was further identified and promoted with the Marquette Greenway Poster Plan in 2009, which has led all planning and development of the trail to date.
The Marquette Greenway will represent an unparalleled trail experience, traversing through a diverse land-scape, both geographic and socio-economic. It will connect a population of 130,000 residents within a mile of the facility, including 60,000 who are employed within the corridor. Connections to the trail are vast, with the 450-mile Grand Illinois Trail from the west, the Burnham Greenway, Erie-Lackawanna Trail, and Dunes-Kankakee Trail from the south, and linking to the Harbor Country Trail network from the east. Taken together these additional connections link to a population base of well over 8 million people.
Today, 28 miles of the Marquette Greenway has either been built or funded. The remaining 30-miles exist in the cities of Chicago, Hammond, Gary, Portage, Michigan City, New Buffalo; the towns of Ogden Dunes, Burns Harbor, and counties of Porter, LaPorte, and Berrien. This TIGER grant has been proposed to finish these remaining miles, with a total federal request of $24.2 million. Below is a map of where these segments exist along the proposed route.

 


For more information please contact the us at
Friends of Harbor Country Trails,
Mr. Feinberg at (269) 469-9949

 

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The Harbor Country Hike & Bike Trail project is a long-term comprehensive project to bring a network of interconnected non-motorized vehicle trails to the corner of Southwest Michigan known as Harbor Country.

Bordered by the golden shores of Lake Michigan to the northwest, the hills and farms of Indiana to the south, and the vineyards and orchards of the fruit-basket of Michigan to the north and east, Harbor Country Bike & Hike Trails will connect residents and visitors alike to best that Harbor Country has to offer.

When complete, the 36 mile Hike & Bike Trail project will offer bicyclists and hikers the ability to connect between New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Sawyer, Grand Beach, Harbert, Union Pier, Michiana, and points in between using safe, convenient, attractive paths and shared access ways.

This Harbor Country Hike & Bike map focuses on creating a network of sidewalks, shared use paths, roadways and bike lanes that will link neighborhood communities, business districts, schools and parks. The Friends of Harbor Country Trails is responsible for this effort, which has received significant grants from
the Pokagon Fund.

Creating a safe place for people to walk and bike is critical in developing a successful community and for providing an opportunity so people can become more active.




REMEMBER – ALWAYS

  • BIKE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF ROAD AND WEAR A HELMET
  • WALK ON THE LEFT
  • RIDE & WALK IN SINGLE FILE WHEN CARS APPROACH
  • OBEY ALL TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS
  • WHEN RIDING OR WALKING AT NIGHT, WEAR HIGH VISIBILITY CLOTHING, LIGHTS & REFLECTORS

 

friends of harbor country

Friends of Harbor Country Trails is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the development of multi-purpose bike and hike trails throughout Harbor Country in Southwest Michigan, connecting the communities of New Buffalo, Three Oaks, Sawyer, Lakeside, Union Pier, Michiana and Grand Beach, and integrating into surrounding areas.

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