The North Bank Trail (NBT) is a proposed 18 mile non-motorized, multipurpose pathway located generally along the former Grand Trunk Railroad that extends from Spring Lake to Coopersville. The proposed path would connect the east end of the Village of Spring Lake Bike Path to the east end of the Musketawa Trail and serve as a regional link between the beaches of Grand Haven/Spring Lake area and the Grand Rapids metro area.
A committee has been formed made up of members of the City of Coopersville DDA, Coopersville City Council, Coopersville Rotary, and representatives from Polkton and Wright Township, as well as interested members of the community.
The trail is proposed to be on an easement purchased by the DNR in 2015 from the Coopersville Marne Railway. This easements follows the railroad tracks from 80th avenue to the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail in Kent County.
Click HERE to view a presentation with mapping of the proposed trail.
The Coopersville Rotary is our fiduciary partner in order to reduce administrative and overhead costs. All funds are reserved and used solely for trail development, maintenance and informational needs.
There will be several fundraisers hosted as working toward grant funding from the federal and state levels.
To Make a Donation you can mail a check, made payable to Coopersville Rotary. Mailed to: City of Coopersville, Attn: North Bank Trail - 289 Danforth, Coopersville MI 49404
This project isn't going to be done over night. It will be a few years in the making, but it will be well worth it! Here's a few current highlights:
-in 2015 the DNR purchased 3 separate easements from the Coopersville Marne Railway
- in 2019 a short section was completed on the Coopersville School Campus to connect to their community trails around their pond
- July 2022 Treeworks, Inc began a tree clearing project from 80th Ave East toward 64th Ave.
- July 2022 Prein and Newhof were hired to begin preliminary estimates on the trail
- October 2022 - Safe Routes To School Grant process began