Waverly/Grand River Regional Recreational Pathway
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Important Message Regarding the Future of the Waverly/Grand River
Regional Recreational Pathway Project
By Brian McGrain
As many of you know, there have been efforts aimed at the exploration
of creating a pedestrian link from the existing pathway on Moore’s
River Drive (along the Grand River on the west side of Lansing) up
Waverly Road to the YMCA in Lansing Township. Currently, access for
non-motorized means of transit are limited and, in some instances,
either non-existent or dangerous. As proposed, this project (dubbed
the Waverly/Grand River Regional Recreational Pathway) would
significantly improve safety and accessibility for bicyclists and
pedestrians to travel to various public and private assets in
Southwest Lansing and parts of Lansing Township. This includes Grand
River and Frances Parks, the Michigan Princess, the Westside YMCA,
DeepDale Memorial Gardens, and businesses along Waverly Road at Old
Lansing Road, among others. It would also connect several existing and
proposed non-motorized routes (Waverly Road has been identified as a
priority corridor for non-motorized improvements since 1981).
In order to seek out potential funding sources for this project, the
Waverly/Grand River Regional Recreational Pathway Project would need
to be added to what’s called the “Illustrative List”. This list,
maintained by the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC), is
a preliminary list of infrastructure projects that are of interest to
the region. Projects from this list, at a later date, can be moved
onto the “Transportation Improvement Plan” list when support and
funding have been lined up to make them a reality.
On April 13, the Transportation Review committee of TCRPC held a
committee meeting; the Waverly/Grand River Pathway was on the agenda
for review and possible addition to the Illustrative List. On a 4/4
split vote, the committee recommended that TCRPC NOT add the Pathway
to the Illustrative List. Several reasons may explain this vote.
One, Lansing Township elected officials were not in support of the
Pathway. Two, residents residing in one of the nearby neighborhoods
are not supportive of the project, and made their presence known.
Three, there was an absence of project supporters at the meeting, to
speak about the many regional benefits of this proposed Pathway.
On April 27, at 7:30, TCRPC will be considering the Pathway again as
part of its agenda. The agenda, however, will note that the
Transportation Review committee does NOT recommend addition of the
Pathway to the Illustrative List. TCPRC may disregard the committee
recommendation and add the Pathway to the list. If the Pathway is not
added to the list, the opportunity to seek out funding for it will
become very difficult and the project may be doomed.
If you are interested in seeing the Waverly/Grand River Regional
Recreational Pathway become a reality, there are several things you
Write a letter of support for the project. Express why enhancing
Lansing’s network of non-motorized trails is important to you and the
region. Send the letter to any or all of the following:
o Tri-County Regional Planning Commission: reception@...
o City of Lansing: Lansing City Council (council@...)
and/or the Mayor’s Office (mayor@...)
o Lansing Township: JohnDaher@...
o Ingham County Road Commission: roads@...
Tell others about the importance of this project and encourage them
to become active in supporting itAttend the April 27 meeting, and
consider speaking in support of the project during public comment
If you have questions on the project itself, please direct them to
Chad Gamble (cgamble@...). If you have questions about the
technical process surrounding TCRPC, the Illustrative List, or the
Transportation Improvement Plan, please direct them to Paul Hamilton