Dreams can happen
Shelby businessman William Field dreamed of creating a bike trail on the former Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad property. He acquired the property and gave it to the City of Hart in 1984. Hart and other agencies cooperated with the Michigan DNR to construct the scenic trail – the first paved trail in Michigan – setting a high bar for other trails.
After 25 years, the Trail’s riding surface has deteriorated and needs to be reconstructed. A group of community trail enthusiasts initiated a campaign fund at the Foundation to meet the local funding challenge. Thanks to a collaboration of funding sources from MDOT, DNR, state and local government, foundations and support from community donors, $4.4 million was raised to preserve this important community asset.
Recognizing that maintenance is essential to protect and care for our trail, fundraising efforts have shifted towards developing a fund to ensure long term sustainability. Dreams do happen – we happily invite you to ride the new William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Rail Trail in 2015.