Project Update 11/18
The Green Loop is officially complete! We are amazed by the work that Dirt Artisans was able to complete over the past 4 weeks. The current trail is approximately 3 feet wide and flows very well for relatively flat terrain. This is a perfect beginner loop that welcomes all abilities (even young children) and will be a phenomenal fat bike loop. We here at MEMBA are thrilled that we actually have trail built as this project has been in the works for a few years. Over the next few weeks we hope to get the parking lot built and anticipate a "soft" opening sometime in December.
In regards to funding/grants, we have been very successful. The community members truly see the impact that a recreational trail will have. We have received 20k in grant monies in the past week! We also received a donor willing to donate the gravel for the parking lot. To date, we have raised over 127K! Thank you all for your generosity!
A updated timeline is listed below.
Phase 1 build is planned fall of 2018 and will include the trail sections west of the creek highlighted in red on the map (approximately $64,000 cost) and a parking lot. The green trail is approximately 3 miles in length and is perfect for winter fat biking.
Phase 2 build is planned for summer of 2019. This would include completion of blue/black trail and would also include parking lot with pit toilet, kiosk, trail benches, and two large bridges. We would like to have a ribbon cutting ceremony later spring early summer to kickstart the official opening of the trail!
Our "100 for 100" campaign (100 people to donate 100 dollars) is complete. If you have participated, thank you! Your socks have been sent. Please reach out to us if you have not received your pair.
We are overwhelmed by the generosity and support we have received thus far. If you have had a financially successful 2018 and would like to donate, please consider doing so as we are a tax deductible organization.
The MC Team
Whether visitors are seeking a serene walk or snowshoe through the woods, a heart pounding two-hour mountain bike adventure, a 10k trail run, or a pristinely groomed fatbike trail, the Mosquito Creek Trails will be the regions go to MULTI-use trail system. The 500-acre project in central Muskegon County is highlighted by the forested valley of Mosquito Creek. This collaborative recreation improvement project is spearheaded by Muskegon County and Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association. Premier trail professionals have designed sustainable trails for all interest and skill levels of trail users. The trail system will include six trails with 3.35 miles of beginner trails, 6.11 miles of intermediate trail, and 1.5 miles of advanced trail. We have also proposed a "strider loop".
The 550-acre project area in central Muskegon County, off Maple Island Road south of the Muskegon River just north of M46/Apple Avenue is highlighted by the forested valley of Mosquito Creek. Michigan’s EDGE mountain bike club contracted Dirt Artisans of Covington, KY to develop the design and to flag corridors for mountain bike trail development on the Mosquito Creek Parcel in Muskegon County, Michigan in 2017. Read the full report.