Saturday, May 16, 2009

White Pine Trail

A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony for the Comstock Park spur of the White Pine Trail took place today behind Lamoreaux Drugstore on West River Drive. The trail spur runs from Fifth Third Ball Park, behind the Comstock Park shops, to North Park Street with one interruption at Mill Creek Drive. The former rail bed was rehabilitated after the Comstock Park Downtown Development Authority in 2006 bought the land for $100,000 from the Norfolk Southern railroad. A 99-year lease was negotiated with the state Department of Natural Resources, which owned the right of way. Repaving, along with the addition of lights, landscaping and a patio with public seating near the ice cream shop, cost $900,000. The DDA paid for almost all of it, with Plainfield township kicking in some. Although the trail does not cross into Alpine Township, it is only yards away from our border, and readily available to Alpine Township Residents. (Some of this information provided by Ron Cammel, The Grand Rapids Press)

Rick Erickson, (left) Larry Roelofs (center) representing
the Comstock Park Downtown Development Authority

Crash was there representing the West Michigan White Caps

Guests on hand included Plainfield Township Supervisor George Meeks
and Michigan State Representative Dave Agema and his wife Barb

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