Construction is now underway on nearly a mile of trail between 14th Street and NMC University Center on off Dendrinos Drive, and is scheduled to be completed this fall. Plans are wrapping up for the next leg of the trail between Medalie Park and NMC with hopes to get construction underway and completed by fall 2021.

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. The Loop will help support healthier and stronger communities and economies.

In partnership with Garfield Township, Grand Traverse County and the City of Traverse City, TART Trails is working hard to complete the remaining trail connecting NMC’s University Center, Logan’s Landing, and Medalie Park with the existing trail. 

As construction costs have continued to climb, TART Trails is pursuing additional private funding to make sure the Loop is built in line with the community’s vision. We need your help to make sure it happens. Please help us Complete the Loop! 

The maps show 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.

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.

Thank you to our Boardman Lake Loop Donors:

Trail Blazer $500,000+

Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
Transportation Alternatives Program

Explorer $100,000+

In Memory of Gordon & JoAnne Grapes, Mutual Gas
Land and Water Conservation Fund

Founder $50,000+

Traverse City Track Club
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Tom’s Food Markets

Voyager $25,000+

Consumers Energy Foundation
Julie Falconer
Brian and Jennifer Jaffe
The Oleson Foundation

Pathfinder $10,000+

The Les & Anne Biederman Foundation
George and Patricia Bearup
Chuck & Susan Cady
Chemical Bank
Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Daniel & Linda Cline
Sara Cockrell
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
Rodenberg Family
The Art & Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation
Tim Werner & Petra von Kulajta
Edward Slosky

In cooperation with

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
City of Traverse City
Garfield Township
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse County
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Transportation
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration