Boardman Lake Loop Project
Thank you for your support of this project!
We are grateful for all the community support to keep the momentum of this project going. Thanks to everyone for speaking up and showing up in support of this project.
FAQs for Boardman Lake Loop
What are the major changes between the preliminary design and the current drawings?
Formal trail connection between NMC and BATA, with a proposed separate path along Dendrinos Drive and the west side of Cass Street to South Airport Road.
The trail will be an off-road trail providing direct connections to the BATA transit station and NMC’s University Center campus and the Loop. Public comment and feedback from businesses along the corridor consistently mentioned the need for reliable, connected transportation options. The alignment of the trail on the west side of Cass provides access to the numerous commercial properties and provides a direct link to the BATA Transfer Station at the intersection of South Airport and Cass.
A second bridge connecting Medalie Park to the east side of the existing Boardman Lake Trail.
Throughout the preliminary design process there was consistent public feedback that the existing boardwalk along S. Airport Rd does not provide the appropriate connection to the trail. It’s narrow, not usable in the winter, isn’t accessible and the sharp curves present significant hazards. The proposed bridge connecting to the existing trail on the east side with Medalie Park would resolve these issues. Property owners on the east side have indicated an interest in making this connection possible.
Proposed switch of the trail from the east side of the rail to the west side of the rail between 16th Street and NMC.
The proposed relocation of the trail to the west side of the rail line between 16th St and NMC’s University Center was the result of a site visit with MDOT Rail. They were open to the possibility and agreed the construction and long term maintenance costs of the trail would be significantly reduced.
What is the budget?
The current budget is identified at $5.5 Million which includes engineering, construction and maintenance costs. This number will be further refined as engineering documents are finalized and the project is out to bid.
How will the Loop be paid for?
As is the history of the entire trail around the Lake, funding for the project is the combination of public, private and grant dollars. The City has earmarked $3.6 million in Brownfield funding ($972,000 City, $360,000 County and $1.728 state), Garfield Township has earmarked $800,000, and over $1.2 million in state grants have been submitted. TART Trails has also committed to raise $425,000 in private funds for the trail.
How will the Loop be maintained?
As part of the funding and development plan, funding is being set aside to ensure there is a long-term source of funds for the maintenance of the entire Loop. This includes snow removal around the entire Loop. The City, County, Township and TART Trails are working together to develop a maintenance agreement to ensure the entire Loop is well cared for and preventative care is taken to extend the life of the trail.
What are the next steps?
Trail engineering is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018. Funding for many of the public grants will be known this winter. Trail elements (i.e., lighting, surface type, art and landscaping) will all be finalized and presented to the public. A maintenance and funding agreement will be finalized between the partners this spring and trail construction could begin as early as next winter, with the bulk of construction anticipated in the spring/summer of 2019.
The vision for this project is a pathway that circles Boardman Lake, granting easy access to the library, parks, residential developments, commercial areas and local businesses. The future loop around the lake will provide connection to NMC’s University Center and ultimately head along the Boardman River south of South Airport Road providing connections to the Boardman River Trail.
The Boardman Lake Trail is owned by the City of Traverse City in partnership with Grand Traverse County and Garfield Township. TART Trails works with the City, County and Township to support the development and maintenance of the Boardman Lake Trail. For trail maps & details visit the Boardman Lake Trail Page.
The map above shows the preferred conceptual route. The design was informed by extensive public input comprised of interviews, focus groups, public open houses and on-line public comment. TART Trails is working with landowners along the route as the preferred route is outside of existing easements.
In September 2017, Northwestern Michigan College Board members helped the Boardman Lake Loop take an important step forward last night as they voted unanimously to support the proposed alignment of the trail on the University Center Campus. With this vote, all of the landowners along the west side of the lake to Logan’s Landing have approved the conceptual design and committed to provide the land needed to complete the Loop.
In April 2017, the Traverse City Commission unanimously approved funding for trail engineering, authorizing staff to hire Prein & Newhof (the same firm that created the preliminary design drawings) to complete the construction drawings for the project.
In January 2017, City Commissioners identified the completion of the Boardman Lake Loop as their top priority in the Boardman Lake District. The response from the City Commission for trail development was overwhelmingly positive. Commissioners subsequently voted unanimously in support of completion of the loop around Boardman Lake.
September 2016 Update
July 2016 Update
May 2016 Update
March 2016 Update
February 2016 Update
January 2016 Update
November 2015 Update
On Wednesday, November 25th the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the award for preliminary design services for the trail from 14th St. to South Airport Road. The engineering firm, Prein & Newhof, was given the contract for design services, and we’ll be working closely with them to keep this trail development rolling.
Fall 2015 Update
The County successfully applied for a Coastal Zone Management grant to help fund the conceptual design of the west side of the trail between 14th Street and Logan’s Landing. With additional funding support from the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority work should get underway this fall. TART Trails is excited to partner with Garfield Township, the County and the City of Traverse City to help complete the trail.
We are continuing to work with the City, County and Garfield Township to help complete the loop around the lake. Want to see it finished? Don’t be shy, let your officials know.
Financial assistance for the project was provided, in part, by the Michigan Coastal Zone Management Program, Office of the Great Lakes, Department of Environmental Quality, under the National Coastal Zone Management Program, through a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.