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Who are Friends of the Blue Star Trail?

Friends of the Blue Star Trail is an all volunteer organization located in Casco Township, Allegan County, Michigan. Its purpose is to assist area governmental units, the county parks department and the county road commission in the development and promotion of a proposed 20 mile recreation pathway. Read more...

Michigander Blue Star Sioree

The Michigander Bicycle Tour hosts this fundraiser to benefit the Friends of the Blue Star Trail. ....

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"Toast" Was A Hugh Success

The "Toast to the Blue Star Trail" gala event was was held on June 20, 2016 at the home of Dave and Jan Ryder...

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Friends of the Blue Star Trail

The Momentum is Building

Jeanne Van Zoeren, Board President With every innovation, new idea, or bold action, there comes a moment in time when that project faces a turning point. Either the vision energizes supporters to push through the inevitable resistance that confronts anything new, or the forces of complacency and apathy win, and the innovation dies. The Blue Star Trail is at such a turning point right now.

Here’s the exciting news:  

  • We have succeeded in securing a Conditional Commitment for $449,350 from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) [federal dollars] for the critical Phase III of the project. 
  • We expect to receive a grant award from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund of $300,000 [state dollars] to match the TAP commitment.

These grants are the project’s most significant milestones to date. The competition for these grants is fierce. Hundreds of applications are filed each year, but only the very best trailway projects receive these dollars. Once granted, the funds keep coming year after year for continued construction as long as we meet the construction match requirements and demonstrate our ability to raise the accompanying engineering fees. 

We need your help now in a way we never have. We humbly ask that you thoughtfully consider a more generous gift of support than you may ever have thought of providing. Why?

Many generous Friends have already made donations or are fulfilling pledges of support. Thank you! This special appeal is to close the current funding gap upon which the success of the entire project turns.

Won’t you please give generously by clicking on this link: DONATE. You will be able to donate using your credit card. If you have an interest in donating securities or other assets, please contact the Allegan County Community Foundation directly at (269) 673-8344. The Friends of the Blue Star Trail is a 501(c)(3) is a organization, your gifts are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

If you have questions about the progress of the project to build the Blue Star Trail, click here.

 

The annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride is held as a fundraiser for the Friends of the Blue Star Trail

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5th Annual Lakeshore Harvest Ride

This year's event features an additional starting point at Schultz Park in Douglas, along with the starting point at the Kal-Haven Trail Head in South Haven. Mark your calendars for August 20, 2016. For online registration, waver forms, maps and directions to the starting points check with  Lakeshore Harvest Ride - 2016.

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Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are the key to our success! The time and effort volunteers spend with our events and many projects helps to make the
Blue Star Trail a reality. If you are interested in being a volunteer send us an email to let us know.

Early Registration

Register before August 1, 2016 for the Lakeshore Harvest Ride and receive a $15 discount. Pass the word to your bike club and local bike store. Join the fun by registering online.
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Fundraising Activities

Fundraising is an integral part of our mission. Through fundraising events, membership drives and generous donations we will acquire the money to construct the Blue Star Trail.
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