Garfield Township Establishes Boardman Trail Maintenance Endowment With Community Foundation

By Beth Milligan | November 9, 2021

Garfield Township has donated $ 800,000 to the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation for the long-planned establishment of an endowment fund to maintain the Boardman Lake Trail.

The foundation will ensure that the Boardman Lake Trail “can be enjoyed for years to come,” said a statement from the Community Foundation. “Through the partnership with the Community Foundation, the foundation will sustainably finance the path in the long term.”

The loop of the Boardman Lake Trail is completed by a multi-year, cross-industry partnership between TART Trails, Garfield Township, the City of Traverse City and Grand Traverse County. Since the path should be completed by next summer, the support for ongoing care and maintenance is “an essential part of the overall project,” according to the community foundation.

“This gift is one of the largest single donations we’ve received this year,” said David Mengebier, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We appreciate the trust Garfield Township has placed in us to be an administrator on this important project as the completed pathway will contribute to a healthy, resilient and thriving community in Traverse City for generations to come.”

Julie Clark, Executive Director of TART Trails, says her organization has learned from previous experience “the hard lessons about the importance of establishing a maintenance fund for new trails at the time of their development in their lives and staying up and running longer.”

Chuck Korn, Supervisor of Garfield Township, says the community “is excited to work with the Community Foundation to create the long-term foundation needed to maintain the trail,” adding that we are with “so many Partners working together on this project are happy that this commitment will secure the future of the way. “

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