The TART Transformation Project, which includes asphalt replacement, landscaping, public art and improved access through trail connections began in Spring of 2021. Currently, phase I of asphalt replacement and phase II of landscaping has been completed! Be on the lookout for art installation later this summer!
Nearly 30 years after its construction in 1990, portions of the TART are now in need of significant upgrades and replacement. New asphalt will widen the trail, ensuring another 30 years of safe, comfortable and year-round connections.
Trail assessments and public feedback identified that the trail segment between Three Mile Road and Airport Access Road is a priority section for replacement. This section of the TART provides a critical east-west connection along Parsons Road, while linking directly to TBA-ISD facilities, Airport Business Park, as well as nearby neighborhoods and shopping centers.
We are not simply replacing a trail. We, along with community partners, are transforming this corridor into a special, distinct public space that will promote health, happiness and well-being. The TART Trail will continue to provide an exceptional experience for trail users today, tomorrow and beyond.
Thank You Donors
You did it! With your help, we were able to meet our $15,000 goal, securing a 1:1 matching donation from an incredibly generous donor. Trails are built for the community, by the community; and you certainly proved that through your generosity. Thank you for helping us cross this finish line and ensuring the TART Trail will continue to provide an exceptional experience for trail users today, tomorrow and beyond.
Go Farther Fund
Funders & Project Partners $10,000+
The Les and Anne Biederman Foundation
Cherry Capital Airport
City of Traverse City
DTE Energy Foundation
East Bay Township
Lois Goldstein and John Heiam
Grand Traverse County
Grand Traverse County Road Commission
The Oleson Foundation
The Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation
Traverse City Light & Power
Traverse City Track Club
Tri-County Bicycle Association-DALMAC Fund
History of the TART
In 1987, a driven group of local residents formed Citizens for Better Ways, later known as Friends of the TART, and went to work creating a safe east-west non-motorized transportation and recreation passageway. Motivated by the desire to connect Traverse City to East Bay and Acme Townships, the group formed partnerships with local, county and state government entities to plan, fundraise and construct the trail that continue today and helped grow a 100+ mile regional trail network.