Community partners have completed 3.5 miles of the Boardman Lake Loop Trail, providing trail users with a special opportunity to enjoy a wooded trail perfect for walking, running, bicycling and relaxation. In partnership with Garfield Township, Grand Traverse County and the City of Traverse City, TART Trails has been working to complete the remaining 1.8-mile section. This leg of the Loop will connect NMC’s University Center, Logan’s Landing, and Medalie Park with the existing trail. For trail maps & details visit the Boardman Lake Trail.

Completing the Loop will showcase the region’s natural, cultural and recreational resources—the trail will help share the story of both the Boardman River’s and the community’s transformation by highlighting our unique freshwater environment and featuring captivating public art installations.

Currently, TART Trails and partners are hard at work to see the trail completed in 2020. We recently revised the project budget and are working to close an estimated funding gap of $1.1 M. To cover this gap, the City of Traverse City is requesting additional Brownfield Authority funding with support from Grand Traverse County. TART Trails is pursuing additional private funding with commitments needed by early March. Please help us today to Complete the Loop!


Partners are looking forward to building not just a trail but a linear park that reflects the community’s values. The public input process for the design of the project involved extensive community outreach with hundreds of individuals weighing with their views and values. Universal access to the water and view-sheds, preservation of the natural character and opportunities for the trail to serve as a recreation and commuting corridor were consistently identified as important values for the trail.

The map below 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.


Thank you to our Boardman Lake Loop Donors

Founder ($50,000 or more)

In Memory of Gordon & JoAnne Grapes
Mutual Gas
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Tom’s Food Markets

Voyager ($25,000 – $49,999)

Consumers Energy Foundation
Julie Falconer
Hagerty
Brian and Jennifer Jaffe
The Oleson Foundation
Traverse City Track Club

Pathfinder ($10,000 – $24,999)

The Les & Anne Biederman Foundation
George and Patricia Bearup
Chuck & Susan Cady
Chemical Bank
Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Daniel & Linda Cline
John & Gina Erb
The Filling Station, Klepper Family
Frey Foundation
Tim and Sally Hanley
Richard Hutchinson & Rebecca Davis-Hutchinson
Frank Noverr and Toni Tonda
Olds Family
Oryana Community Cooperative
The Art and Mary Schmuckal Family
Tim Werner & Petra von Kulajta

In cooperation with

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
City of Traverse City
Garfield Township
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse County
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
Land and Water Conservation Fund
Transportation Alternatives Program Grant


Thank you to these partners:

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