Acme Connector

The 1.8 mile Acme Connector will connect the TART Trail and Acme, providing safe access to businesses, existing trails, and recreation opportunities.

The trail will connect the current TART Trail terminus at Bunker Hill Road to the intersection of M-72 and US-31 in Acme. A section of the trail will run east toward the Acme Meijer store and Grand Traverse Town Center development. The 1.8 mile trail will help residents and visitors safely access businesses, existing trails, and recreation opportunities.

This is the southernmost segment of the Nakwema Trailway. Trail planning and design have been spearheaded by the Acme Township Parks and Trails committee in partnership with TART Trails. 

Status

Design Engineering: 99% Complete
Estimated Construction: 2021
Fundraising: Actively seeking funds, donate today!

The Trail

Trail planning and design have been spearheaded by the Acme Township Parks and Trails committee in partnerships with TART Trails. When completed  the Acme Connector will include: 

  • asphalt and boardwalk trail segments
  • shared road segments
  • a culvert
  • a bridge
  • landscaping
  • wayfinding signage
  • and trailside amenities including benches and bike racks 

Included in the project budget is a maintenance endowment. Properly maintained, the trail is expected to last 20+ years. Construction of the Acme Connector is slated to begin Fall 2021. 

Project Partners & Funders

4Front Credit Union
Acme Township
Anonymous
Aspire North Realtors®
Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Dan Edson
Bob and Kathy Garvey
Lois Goldstein and John Heiam
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Great Lakes Energy People Fund
Iron Belle Trail Fund
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
Oleson Foundation
Rotary Charities of Traverse City
Short’s Brewing Company
State of Michigan
Harry A. & Margaret D. Towsley Foundation
Traverse City Tourism
Traverse City Track Club
Tri-County Bicycle Association-DALMAC Fund

With the help of community members, we were able to meet our $75,000 goal, securing a 1:1 matching donation from the Oleson Foundation, Tri-County Bicycle Association – DALMAC Fund, & Aspire North Realtors®.