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Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Trail

The story of the 22-mile Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail began in 2006, when Swedish conglomorate, Electrolux, closed down the world's largest refrigerator factory in Greenville and moved operations to Juarez, Mexico. The Mid Michigan Railroad lost its biggest and only customer on the Lowell to Greenville rail line and abandoned the rail corridor.

On September 22, 2010, a broad coalition of government and non-profit organizations purchased the entire length of abandoned railway for $1.3 million for recreational use.

The first 2.28-mile section of trail was built during the summer of 2014 and dedicated on August 20. This section from the M-44 bridge to Long Lake Road through the City of Belding crosses three bridges over the Flat River. It's paved with asphalt through town and surfaced with finely screened and compacted limestone north of the northern river crossing.

Local trail developers and the Michigan DNR are now raising funds to complete the rest of the rail trail north and south of Belding. They hope to break ground during the spring of 2017. When completed, the trail will be surfaced with finely screened and compacted lime-stone through the rural and natural areas and paved with asphalt through the village of Smyrna and City of Lowell.

The Lowell Area Recreation Authority is currently developing a route to connect the Fred Meijer Flat River Valley Rail Trail to the Fred Meijer Grand River Valley Rail Trail through the City of Lowell. The current trail surface is mostly grass and gravel and railroad ballast, and a popular day ride for "fat tire" bike riders.

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AmericInn of Greenville AmericInn of Greenville
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Greenville, MI 48838
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Michigan Department of Natural Resources
525 W. Allegan Street
Lansing, MI 48909

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Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance
PO Box 27187
Lansing, MI 48909
(517) 485-6022
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West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition West Michigan Trails & Greenways Coalition
PO Box 325
Comstock Park, MI 49321
(616) 485-7805
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Greenville Chamber of Commerce Greenville Chamber of Commerce
210 S. Lafayette Street
Greenville, MI 48838
(616) 754-5697
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Kent County Parks Department Kent County Parks Department
1700 Butterworth Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534-7065
(616) 632-7275
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Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce
113 Riverwalk Plaza
Lowell, MI 49331
(616) 897-9161
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One Energy Plaza
Jackson, MI 49201-2276

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League of Michigan Bicyclists League of Michigan Bicyclists
416 S. Cedar Street, Suite A
Lansing, MI 48912
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Meijer Meijer
2350 3-Mile Road
Grand Rapids, MI 49544

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225 W. Washtenaw, Suite C
Lansing, MI 48933

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