Objective 5: Increase sense of place and community pride

A high quality trail system is a low-cost investment compared to most other capital expenditures made for marketing an area. Nationwide, trails are one of the most highly valued and desired community resources, regularly ranking ahead of swimming, golf, and ball field facilities which also have much higher capital and maintenance costs. Muskegon County does not currently host a single natural surface trail system that provides a four-season outdoor gathering place, a space for events, and an outlet for showcasing the outdoors that is central to the Muskegon brand.