2017-09-07 / Scene

Trail Day’ this Saturday at Prairies and Ponds

LAPEER — Fans of hiking and mountain biking and the general public are invited to Prairies and Ponds at Oakdale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Saturday (Sept. 9) for Trail Day.

Peter McCreedy, the ecology director at Chatfield School, and others will present plans on building an eightmile network of natural surface trails beginning in the 37.5-acre park just south of Chatfield School.

Organizers will also hold a trail building demonstration, a work session and a helmet and used bike giveaway. Trail Day will also include free bike blender smoothies and a free lunch.

McCreedy said visitors will have a chance to learn about the plan and technical details. His brother, Josh, has designed a trail network that will provide interest for both mountain bikers and hikers.

Prairies and Ponds already offers limestone trails, a floating dock, bridges, boardwalks, pavilion, observation areas, and interpretive signage, but the new trail network will expand access to roughly 200 acres of city-owned land.

McCreedy said that while there have been trails on the property for years, including some left over from when the property was the Oakdale Regional Center for Developmental Disabilities, they have been mostly “mediocre.” The current project will create some features that will make running, walking and biking the trails more interesting.

McCreedy said the entire project is expected to take three seasons to complete. Volunteers are welcome to assist in future construction; call 810-614-7594.

Volunteers from Inovateus Solar, DTE Energy and Barton Malow have already completed the first loop of the trail so people will get a chance to try it out Saturday.

Parking for the trail is located on the south side of the Chatfield School property.

— Phil Foley

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