Oceana County Volunteer Day // Danielle
Forest local, Danielle, is dedicated to help making the Oceana County community better by organizing a volunteer day to improve the Shelby Village bike trail. In return, The Forest is welcoming Danielle and her Oceana County neighbors to enjoy Electric Forest 2019!
Shelby is a rural farming community that has the unique asset of the recently updated and well-traveled multi-use William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail that runs directly behind its Downtown storefronts. Today, it is estimated by DNR that approximately 65,000-70,000 visitors a year ride the trail, which connects to the Fred Meijer Berry Junction Trail and continues for another 11.1 miles beyond to Muskegon. With that being said, there is currently no safe or inviting path from the trail to Downtown restaurants, shops, and businesses. However, there is currently an Alleyway that would make a great connection point from the trail to Downtown. Yet, the current condition of the Alleyway is abysmal. The walkway is cracked and broken, full of trip hazards; the lights are busted out and in need of replacing; and the once vibrant murals along the walls have long faded away.
With a few simple improvements, such as resurfacing, landscaping, painting, lighting and art-inspired bike racks, the Alleyway can be restored into a beautiful destination that attracts trail users off the trail to enjoy the businesses, restaurants, scenery, services, and heritage of Downtown Shelby with its rural character and charm. The Village of Shelby has allocated $10,000 for refurbishment and a volunteer group is ready to tackle some of the preliminary work!
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