|Van Buren Township and state officials, along with members of the community, |
celebrate the opening of the Iron Belle Trail section in the township.
The non-motorized recreational pathway connects 48 Michigan counties.
The recreational trail will travel through hundreds of municipalities and cross into 48 different Michigan counties. A portion of the trail runs through Van Buren Township from the Lower Huron Metro Park Trail to the B2B Trail near Grove Street. Section B of the Van Buren Township segment of the Iron Belle Trail runs from Rawsonville Road along I-94 Service Drive and through Van Buren Park.
“The township has gained momentum on constructing the Iron Belle Trail within our community over the past few years, and we are proud that our gap is steadily, but consistently growing smaller. This project would not have been possible without the generous donations from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation and DTE Foundation, in addition to the invaluable partnerships with the Michigan Trails Fund and Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative,” stated Director of Community Services Elizabeth Renaud at the grand opening of the Van Buren segment.
“The DTE Foundation believes that a healthy environment is an essential ingredient for thriving communities. Michigan offers a variety of trails and greenspaces that connect us to the natural beauty around us, and the Iron Belle Trail is a perfect example of this local luxury,” said Rodney Cole, DTE Foundation president.
“We're committed to preserving, protecting and improving Michigan's treasured natural habitats andspecies, and this support builds on the 100+ year partnership between DTE and Van Buren Township, which has created countless, invaluable recreational opportunities for local residents and visitors.”