Deep River Township celebrates trail opening
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DEEP RIVER TWP. — After three years of planning, building and improving, community members in Deep River Township celebrated the opening of the new Deep River Nature Trail.
Township Clerk Karlia Kroczaleski-Raymond said she is pleased to see the trail open.
“This trail is just so great for our community,” she said. “We have never had anything like this here and now that it is open, it is something we can enjoy and be proud of.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the entrance of the trail on Saturday, Sept. 17. On hand to celebrate the opening of the trail were members of the Sterling Area Fire Department, the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Boy Scout Troop 188 and community members from around the area.
Kroczaleski-Raymond said the turnout showed how much people care about the trail.
“We can’t thank everyone enough for supporting this project,” she said. “Without community support we would have never gotten this trail finished.”
Kroczaleski-Raymond said the township received approximately $30,000 for the project with the help of the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe’s 2 percent gaming allocation and donations from local businesses, as well as Compassionate Care of West Branch.
“Everyone was just so amazing to us,” she said. “So many people helped us.”
According to Kroczaleski-Raymond, the project began three years ago when former Standish-Sterling student Matt Prohaska started working on the trail for his Eagle Scout project.
“He built the bridge that is located in the trail, and laid out the plans for his Eagle Scout project back in 2009,” she said.
The trail is eight feet wide and 1,500 feet long. Asphalt was poured on the path in July.
Kroczaleski-Raymond said more work is planned for the trail and for Deep River Park.
“We want to name all of the different types of trees on the trail,” she said. “We will place a plaque under the trees and name them in English and in Anishinaabe, in honor of our friends of the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe.”