In the spirit of its origins, TART Trails and our partners are working to provide much needed trail improvements and enhance local assets to create a vibrant year round public space. The first step in a phased project to transform the corridor is trail replacement.
Nearly 30 years after its construction in 1990, portions of the TART are now in need of significant upgrades and replacement. Trail assessments and public feedback identified that the trail segment between Three Mile Road and Airport Access Road is a priority section for replacement. The new asphalt will be widened to meet current standards helping ensure another 30 years of safe, comfortable and year-round connections are possible.
With over 125,000 annual visits, this section of the TART provides a critical east-west connection along Parsons Road for both transportation and recreation purposes. This section also links 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 doing more than replacing a trail – we are transforming the corridor into a special, distinct public space that promotes people’s health, happiness and well being while continuing to provide an exceptional experience for trail users today, tomorrow and beyond.
TART Transformation Fundraising Campaign
Project Partners and Funders
Cherry Capital Airport
City of Traverse City
DTE Energy Foundation
East Bay Township
Grand Traverse County
Grand Traverse County Road Commission
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.