Getting Everyone Out and Enjoying Our Beautiful Community
With so many amazing changes that have taken place over the last year, the great restaurants, the development and growth in the city, it is hard to believe that we have even more exciting development coming our way. When I first heard about the LAFF Pathway project I thought, “This is the icing on the cake!”. The LAFF Pathway’s vision is to connect Linden, Argentine, Fenton, and Fenton Township (LAFF) communities with non-motorized pathways. Research has shown that these types of improvements are boost local economy, raise property values, improves community health, and creates a better place to work, live, and play for residents.
The LAFF committee is born from 6 years of hardwork, developing a plan, identifying 4 routes for placement of a 10-foot wide, multi-use paved trail.
The four routes that have been identified as priorities are:
-Silver Lake Rd. – between Linden and Fenton
-Silver Lake Rd. – between Argentine and Linden
-Fenton Rd. – Thompson Rd. South to City of Fenton
-Owen Rd. – Linden County Park to Silver Lake Parkway
I know what you are thinking… How can I donate and support such a fantastic project taking place in the community? To support the development of the trail, the LAFF Pathway Fund was established on August 27 at the Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Your donations and gifts to the fund will support the groups goals to raise funds for matching grants. “You have to have grants to support trail development, and most grants require matching dollars,” said Victor Lukasavitz, Chair of the LAFF Trails Coalition. “Coalition members started the fund because we wanted to demonstrate that we have skin in the game. We will continue to give to the Fund, and we hope others interested in the pathways’ project will do the same.”
The steering committee has elected officers, including chairman Lukasavitz, Vice Chairman Denny Duffield, Secretary Shannon Brant and Treasurer Lisa Wismer. The team was hard at work last month planning and hosting a kick off event that began and Red Fox and ended at The Fenton Hotel raising $9300 for the project.
A great way to help the the LAFF Pathway steering committee, is to fill out a ‘YES, I support trail systems’ sheets if you are a resident, to show that Genesee County has the level of interest from local communities when the group applies for grants. “YES” sheets are currently available at Cyclefit in Fenton, and at the Fenton Regional Chamber office. If you are unable to make it to those locations contact them online or on Facebook to get your hands on a form.
To get involved with the project, donate, or keep in the know ‘Like’ the LAFF Pathway Facebook page or visit the new website laffpathways.com.
Tax deductible gifts for this wonderful project can be made to the LAFF Pathway Fund Online at cfgf.org.
To show your support please fill out the form and mail to:
LAFF Pathway PO box 563 Fenton, MI 48430