Boyne Valley Trail Construction Begins!
October 11, 2019
Construction for an approximately 6.2 mile new non-motorized trail linking Boyne City, Boyne Valley Township, Boyne Mountain Resort and the Village of Boyne Falls formally began with a ground breaking ceremony held Wednesday morning, October 9th, along the route. According to Boyne City City Manager Michael Cain the construction of the trail reflects the vision, collaboration and perseverance of many that are making the long proposed trail a reality. Special recognition was given to Boyne City resident and Park and Recreation Board Chairperson Michael Sheehan for his some two decades of effort to get the trail to construction. Representatives from many of the organizations associated with the project were present for the ground breaking. Those organizations included: North Country Bike Club, Charlevoix County Community Foundation, Charlevoix County, Boyne Valley Township, Village of Boyne Falls, Boyne Mountain, Frey Foundation, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the City of Boyne City.
Construction for the new non-motorized trail will continue this fall, resume in the spring of 2020 with a scheduled completion date on June 11, 2020 Work on the over 1.77 million dollar trail in being done by J & N Constriction of Gaylord. OHM of Petoskey designed the project.
When completed, the trail is anticipated to be an economic driver in the region, serving residents and visitors alike. Through Boyne City, users of the new trail will be able to connect to existing and future phases of the Boyne City/Charlevoix Trail, providing connections to the Wheelway which connects Charlevoix, Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Future efforts may provide connections to the Traverse City area TART trail system and ultimately the Iron Belle that traverses the entire state of Michigan.
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Sail charlevoix program gets new boats!
This spring, the Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) approved a grant to help fund the purchase of a new JY15 sailboat for the Lake Charlevoix Mariners’ Sail Charlevoix program. Sail Charlevoix has been operating in some form or another as a non-profit program to teach Charlevoix County youth how to sail since 1985. The JY15 is the main platform they use for teaching all ages and ability levels. In the past year, the Sail Charlevoix program trained more than 150 students, mostly between the ages of 8 and 17, the basics of sailing on Lake Charlevoix. Thanks to the funding from the YAC and other generous donors, plus the commitment of the Lake Charlevoix Mariners themselves, the group was able to purchase two new boats for the program this season. The new boats are built of solid fiberglass by a Michigan company, and as such, are expected to be more robust, easier to repair, and should last a lot longer than the previous boats. Pictured are the new boats in use this summer during the Sail Charlevoix program.
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SUN fund grant benefits youth mental health
At a recent conference hosted by the Child Abuse Prevention and Education Council, more than 200 people took home a set of "Compassionate Self-Care Cards", designed by local artist and educator, Evelyn Ann Barber. These cards, with original art, are designed to be an additional tool for therapists, educators, and parents to connect with and strengthen a child's social and emotional health. Attendees at the conference included professionals from a variety of fields that work directly with children. Almost all professionals who reported using the cards during a session with a child reported a positive outcome in building trust, connection, and relationships.
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New Historical Signs Are Up
The Charlevoix Historical Society is proud to show off the new historical signs around town, just in time for the busy summer season. Seven historical signs with a total of 76 images were installed on June 27, 2019 in downtown Charlevoix, on the channel, and at the Train Depot. Check out the Life in Charlevoix mobile app and select Historic Charlevoix Tour for a map with all of the sign locations. The new signs showcase Charlevoix's proud history for all visitors and locals to enjoy while they enjoy the nice summer weather.