OPPORTUNITIES FOR TRAIL USERS AT ISLAND LAKE RECREATION AREA!
Invitation from the Friends of Island Lake
Important Meeting: ILSRA headquarters, Grand River and Kensington Road,
Tuesday 9/23/14 at 7:00 PM
Exciting changes are happening at Island Lake!
Whether you use the mountain biking trails, hiking trails, paved bike paths, or bike the roads, YOU have an opportunity to play an active role in sustaining and improving the trails.
If you use the trails, and especially if you are involved in a club or group that does, please come to the Tuesday, September 23rd meeting of the Friends of Island Lake to discuss the trail system, and opportunities to make it better for all users.
Here’s what’s going on:
engineering will soon be underway to design the paved and mountain bike trails extension westward to Green Oak Mall.
Green Oak is building a paved trail to connect from there to the Lakelands Trail!
Existing mountain biking trails need review for improvement and maintenance
500 acres of gravel pit spoils on the south side are expected to be mined for sand and re-contoured to create natural habitat and wildlife areas, with new trails.
The recently completed Island Lake Rec Management Plan, and formation of the Friends Group are bringing new focus to ILSRA, the highest attendance non-camping recreation area in Michigan!
Green Oak Township is completing a bike trail up Fieldcrest to the west side of the park, at the Green Oak Village Mall. This trail will soon be extended westward down to M-36, where it will continue on the old rail bed to connect with the Lakelands Trail at Hall Road in Hamburg township. This should be completed in 2015, and will become part of the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail across lower Michigan !
Park trails are in various states of repair, and trail mapping and marking leave a lot to be desired. Trial routes of various difficulty levels, and trails for hikers only are being considered.
The spoils area south east of Spring Mill Pond is rough and ragged. Millions of tons of sand have commercial value that makes mining and reclamation for the benefit of to wildlife, park users, and the state park system. DNR has had public meetings and is preparing to solicit bids to do this work.