Group seeks to extend 8 mile Kiwanis Trail into Tecumseh

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MEGAN LINSKI

Kiwanis Trail, pictured leaving Adrian, may connect into Tecumseh if expansion succeeds. Herald file photo by Deane Erts.

A local group, Connecting Lenawee, is working to expand and connect Kiwanis Trail, creating a bike path that extends from Trestle Park in Adrian to Cal Zorn Park in Tecumseh.

Connecting Lenawee is interested in joining together certain parts of the county. The group is working with local Kiwanis clubs to expand the Kiwanis Trail, which starts north of Beecher Street in Adrian and goes to the south of Tecumseh, ending at Green Highway and Ives Road. Entryways are also at Adrian’s Trestle Park, Riverside Park and along the bike route near Maumee Street. The eight-mile path is a paved trail for jogging, walking and biking, and offers views of residential areas, the county courthouse and the River Raisin.

Dave Maxwell is a member of Connecting Lenawee and is interested in expanding the trail to Cal Zorn Park. “That’s our number one project, to connect the cities of Adrian and Tecumseh,” Maxwell said. “Hopefully we will have support behind it because it’s a pretty expensive undertaking.”

Maxwell estimates that the cost to expand the bike path to Cal Zorn Park would be $400,000 to $500,000.

 “We’d have to raise more than that to have a balance fund to maintain the trail,” Maxwell said.

Connecting Lenawee is working on a variety of bike trails, not just the Kiwanis Trail. Last year, Connecting Lenawee created a county plan to complete and install multiple bike paths that is expected to take 10 to 20 years to complete. The plan can be viewed at www/mytecumseh.org/im-ages/Parks_Rec/Connecting_Lenawee_Plan-92915.pdf.

“Everything we talk about considers connecting points of interest all around Lenawee County,” Maxwell said.

Some of the potential funding sources for the bike trails, listed in the plan, include local millages, tax increment financing, philanthropic organizations and district funds.

“We’re part of a bigger system. We want to make our trails accessible for people who ride bikes,” Maxwell said. “Bike people will find their way around, but it’s always nice to attract several different types of bike riders, like myself.”

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