Our partners at the City, County, Garfield Township, Acme Township, East Bay Township and Sutton’s Bay along with TART Trails’ volunteers work hard to keep the trails clear for year round recreation & transportation.
Thank You to our 2016-2017 snow removal partners!
Partners provide year-round access on the following trails:
- Leelanau Trail in Suttons Bay from Dumas Rd. south to 4th St. Trailhead
- TART Trail from Cherry Bend trailhead east to Bunker Hill Rd.
- Three Mile Trail from TART Trail south to Traverse City High School
- Boardman Lake Trail from 14th St. northeast to Centre St.
- Mall Trail
- Buffalo Ridge Trail from the new YMCA on Silver Lake Rd. to the Grand Traverse Commons
Are you interested in volunteering for snow removal?
It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors, get some exercise and help keep the very busy Boardman Lake Trail accessible for the community all winter!
Importance of snow removal along the trails:
Providing year-round trail infrastructure for outdoor recreation and non-motorized transportation is needed and desired by the community. Providing reliable services allows access for those who rely on non-motorized transportation, including transit users accessing stops, and provides opportunities for trail users wishing to maintain a more active lifestyle benefiting their health and environment and our community’s health and well-being.
History of snow removal along the trail network:
Starting in 2011 TART Trails provided mechanized snow removal services along the trail network within Traverse City and Grand Traverse County in response to snow removal services being reduced to less than one clearing per week on the trails. After clearing the trail with donated equipment, in 2012 and 2013 TART Trails’ entered into an agreement with the City of Traverse City for trained TART Trails’ volunteers to operate a City owned, fueled and maintained Holder with a front mounted snowblower.
The agreement worked well, with both City staff and TART Trails’ volunteers partnering for a clear and usable trail all winter. However, the goal from the beginning was for TART Trails’ operations to be a temporary solution. Furthermore, the limitations of timing (Mon-Fri), uncertainty of equipment availability, and sustainability of a volunteer led effort all factored into finding a longer term solution for keeping the trails clear.
In 2014, TART Trails worked with Grand Traverse County to contract with a private company to provide snow removal services on the TART trail between 3 Mile and 5 Mile and a portion of the Three Mile Trail in East Bay Township. Acme Township provided snow removal services through their parks staff as did the City of Traverse City and Village of Suttons Bay. TART Trails’ volunteers cleared snow along the Leelanau Trail from Carter Road to the Cherry Bend trailhead. Collectively, the trail system remained operational all winter. A collective effort led by Garfield Township and trail partners helps keep the west side trails open for business along the Buffalo Ridge, Mall, Safe Routes and Barns trails. In total, nearly 18 miles of trail are cleared in the winter.
Click here to read the Sunday, November 23, 2014 forum article on this winter’s snow removal.