Major Milestones

January 2024

Acme Connector Wayfinding Signage Installed

Critical navigational signage on the Acme Connector was produced and installed by Image360. We are grateful for the wayfinding signage that allows trail users to easily navigate along the trailway.

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December 2023

Torch Lake Schematic Design Complete

The recommended alignment for the Torch Lake Township segment was presented and approved by the Torch Lake Township Board on December 19, 2023. This marks the culmination of a comprehensive schematic design process that included

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May 2023

Acme Connector Is Completed

The trail segment through the KOTI development property has been completed and the entirety of the trail is fully open for use. This completed central trail section is a pivotal safe community connection. 

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October 2022

Acme Connector Ribbon Cutting

The first official segment of the Nakwema Trailway officially opens. On October 25, advocates, funders, state and local elected officials, partners, and trail enthusiasts all came out to cut the ribbon and celebrate the new

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May 2022

Breaking Ground on the Acme Connector

On May 3, a hearty group of community leaders, advocates and enthusiasts came out to break ground for the trail connection in Acme–no bad weather could stop us! Team Elmer’s is now busy constructing the new

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June 2021

Acme Connector Campaign Receives $75,000 Boost

The fundraising campaign to get the Acme Connector on the ground received a big boost on June 18 thanks to a challenge match provided by the Oleson Foundation, Tri-County Bicycle Association – DALMAC Fund, and Aspire North Realtors.℠ Through July, every gift from private donors towards the Acme

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July 2020

In-Town Route Approved for the Village of Elk Rapids

On July 6, 2020 the Elk Rapids Village Council voted to approve a trail route through the Village of Elk Rapids as part of the Nakwema Trailway. This Village led process began last summer following

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November 2019

Trail design begins between Bells Bay Road and Norwood

Trail design has commenced for the segment of trail between Bells Bay Road and Norwood. The Project Team and C2AE are working with community and state partners with the goal of identifying a trail route

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June 2019

Preliminary Design Approved for Acme to Elk Rapids

On June 17, 2019, the Elk Rapids Village Council unanimously voted to support the preferred alignment of the Acme to Elk Rapids Segment of the Traverse City to Charlevoix Trail. The preferred alignment was developed

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May 2019

First Trailhead Opens in Acme

The newly developed Bayside Park in Acme is the first official trailhead for the TC↔CHX Trail. The grand opening for the beautiful waterfront park and trailhead was held on May 18 following years of hard work spearheaded by Acme

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August 2018

State Provides 2.4M to Support the Trail

The approved State of Michigan budget included $2.4 million to support trail development along the TC-CHX corridor. Thanks to the support of local and state partners, including MDOT and MDNR,  along with Senator Wayne Schmidt

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