Acme Connector

The 2 mile Acme Connector connects the TART Trail and Acme, providing safe access to businesses, existing trails, and recreation opportunities.

The trail connects 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 runs east toward the Acme Meijer store and Grand Traverse Town Center development. The 2 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

COMPLETE!

Last summer, thanks to a matching challenge provided by the Oleson Foundation, Tri-County Bicycle Association-DALMAC Fund, and Aspire North Realtors®, the Nakwema Trailway project team successfully raised funds to construct the Acme Connector.

Project partners supported Acme Township Parks and Trails committee in finalizing trail design and implementing a construction contract with Team Elmers in February. Site work began in early April.

Acme trail team, donors, government partners and local residents gathered celebrate this momentous milestone with a groundbreaking ceremony in early May. Construction wrapped up in October 2022.

The Trail

Trail planning and design have been spearheaded by the Acme Township Parks and Trails committee in partnerships with TART Trails. Upon completion 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 began in the Winter of 2022. 

Project Partners & Funders

4Front Credit Union
Acme Township
Anonymous
Aspire North Realtors®
Cherry Capital Cycling Club
Dan and Marsha Edson
Bob and Kathy Garvey
Lois Goldstein and John Heiam
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa & Chippewa Indians
Grand Traverse County
In memory of Gordon & JoAnn Grapes, Mutual Gas
Great Lakes Energy People Fund
Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Michigan Department of Transportation
Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund
Michigan Trails 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®.