‘Friends’ to host 10th annual Resolution Walk

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL

This New Year’s Day morning, plan on joining hundreds of Fred Meijer White Pine Trail users as they step into 2011 for a brisk four-mile walk.

Hosted by the Friends of the White Pine Trail, this popular New Year’s Day tradition will mark its 10th year.

Last year’s Resolution Walkers—as far as the eye can see, all with smiling. Squire file photo

The annual Resolution Walk is not just for Friends members but rather is open to everyone of all ages along with their four-footed friends as well. Bring the whole family and join with the Friends as they celebrate the many Trail improvements of the past year.

One accomplishment that stands out is the paving of the Trail between Cadillac and LeRoy to the south, a distance of 8.6 miles. Funding for the project came from the Fred Meijer Foundation and a Federal High Priority Transportation Enhancement Grant. This was another major milestone in the Friends’ goal to have the Trail entirely paved from Grand Rapids to Cadillac.

Another achievement was the installation trailside of a beautiful new covered picnic table located south of Cedar Springs between Indian Lakes Road and 16 Mile Road. Funding for this table and one previously installed just south of Rockford was generously provided by donations from Wolverine World Wide.

As in past years, weather will be no obstacle to the hearty outdoor enthusiasts who have yearly stepped off in fellowship with nature and one another.

Participants are asked to assemble at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Rockford prior to the 10:00 a.m. start of the leisurely, noncompetitive round-trip walk from Rockford north to 12 Mile Road and back.

As usual the Friends, in the cozy confines of the heated Pavilion, will provide refreshments. Look forward to hot coffee and cocoa along with cookies. Also, for the third year in a row, “Coney Girl” Jennifer Idema will be on hand serving up great hot dogs and brats with all the trimmings—all provided compliments of the Friends (donations gratefully accepted).

Plan on stepping into 2011 on the right foot in anticipation of better things ahead for Michigan.

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