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.
Future phases will include landscaping, public art and improving access through trail connections. 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.
TART Transformation Fundraising Campaign
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.