Browns Creek Pathway Trail Now Open in Charlevoix County

The East Jordan Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning to celebrate the opening of the Browns Creek Pathway Trail. Monika Zachara and photojournalist, Coulter Stuart were there to capture this proud community moment, and talk to those who were involved with the project.

The Browns Creek Pathway Trail is located on Elm Street near the East Jordan Middle/High School. The five-mile mountain bike trail is ideal for all levels of cyclists. It is situated on 20 acres of properties that are owned by the City of East Jordan and East Jordan Public Schools.

Local mountain bike enthusiast and Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association Member, Scott Beal, was the visionary and organizer of the trail’s development. Work on the trail has spanned nearly five years. Several volunteers have helped build bridges, clean and develop the trail system which also included the City’s re-purposed Transfer Station. Work will continue on the property to develop additional trails.

A kiosk, built by East Jordan Eagle Scout – Keenan Patrick O’Neill was also recognized. O’Neill worked with the East Jordan Public Schools, City of East Jordan, Top of Michigan Mountain Biking Association (TOMMBA) and the AmeriCorps to help enhance the new mountain bike trail. Keenan had three crew leaders, Nathan Skop, Scott Beal, and Jason O’Neal. There were more than 20 volunteers that have helped out with this project. The East Jordan Welding Club had also contributed by building a metal bike rack, which sits at the entrance of the trail.

 

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