Friends of the Polly Ann Trail
of Lapeer County

Formed in 1997, the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail of Lapeer County is a grass-roots organization of citizens that promotes and supports the development and operation of the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County.

More About the Friends & Trail Video of Polly Ann Trail Expansion Project

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Events

Events in the Coming Year

Meetings

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Friends of the Polly Ann Trail

Board Meetings 2018

All meetings begin at 7:15pm

February 15 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428

April 19 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444

June 21 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428

August 16 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444

October 18 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428

December 20 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444

News

Latest News and Updates About the Polly Ann Trail

Polly Ann Trail Extension Project 

Fundraising Thanks

 

Lapeer County, with the support of the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail, submitted a grant application for $300,000 to the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to develop the trail between Dryden and Imlay City. We needed to raise $100,000 for the local grant match. We asked you and the greater Lapeer County community for your help, and you delivered! From all sources, we raised over $110,000. We received support from the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail ($25,000), Lapeer County Community Foundation ($25,000), Four County Community Foundation ($15,000), DTE Energy Foundation ($5,000), Dryden Township ($5,000), Imlay City Athletic Boosters ($4,500), Lapeer Land Conservancy ($3,000), Attica Township ($2,000), Imlay Township ($2,000), Sierra Club Nepessing Group ($1,000), and the Imlay City Rotary Club ($1,000). From our Patronicity crowdfunding campaign, we raised nearly $22,000. So congratulations are in order to our community for supporting this transformational project. This is truly a community success. We appreciate all your support. We could not have done it without you.

 

Fundraising Update--December 2017

 

We have some less than happy news to report. After all the hard work we put in to raise the local match for our Polly Ann Trail development grant, we learned that we did not get the Trust Fund grant for which we had applied. We were very successful in raising funds and raising awareness and support for the trail, but we did not score high enough on our application to get the grant this year.

Going forward, the plan is to apply for the grant again in the spring. We learned a lot in the process of this year's application, and we think we can improve our application for 2018 to make the grade next time. We will be getting assistance from an experienced grant writer familiar with Trust Fund grants. We had $79,000 in pledges, and we will ask those organizations to renew their pledges for our 2018 grant match. For the donations we actually received, we plan to ask those donors to allow us to keep those funds in a restricted account for the 2018 grant match. For anyone who requests that their donation be refunded, we will do that.

We are certainly disappointed by this turn of events, but this is just a minor setback. We intend to do better in 2018, and bring a trail development project to Lapeer County. Thanks to all of you for your help with our fundraising campaign and your personal donations. We will get this done.

 

Map

Joslyn Road (Orion Twp, Oakland County) North to Curtis Road (Arcadia Twp, Lapeer County) | 34 Miles | Passing Through Oxford, Leonard, Dryden, Imlay City, and Lum

58.8 km, n/a

Weather

Current and Forecasted Conditions
Mostly cloudy

58°F

Mostly cloudy
Humidity: 94%
Wind: ESE at 11 mph
Thursday
Rain
57°F / 75°F
Friday
Scattered thunderstorms
55°F / 78°F
Saturday
Partly cloudy
47°F / 62°F
Sunday
Mostly sunny
45°F / 65°F

About

Information About the Friends Group and the Polly Ann Trail

About Friends

Formed in 1997, the Friends of the Polly Ann Trail of Lapeer County is a grass-roots organization of citizens that promotes and supports the development and operation of the Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County. Owned by the Michigan Department Natural Resources, the abandoned corridor was once used by the Pontiac, Oxford & Northern Railroad, nicknamed the "Polly Ann" (P, O & N). The Friends group creates awareness of the recreational corridor with events, political action, volunteerisim and other efforts. Local groups host horseback riding, cycling events, nature walks, runs, and charity fundraisers.

Trail Info

The trail is mostly undeveloped, but currently provides an ideal setting for horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking and opportunity for nature lovers - options not available to other southeast Michigan developed trail systems. The Polly Ann Trail in Lapeer County is a 20-mile former rail corridor from Bordman Road to Kings Mill, passing through Dryden, Imlay City, and Lum. This trail connects directly to the Polly Ann Trail in Oakland County, also owned by the Michigan Department Natural Resources and managed by the Polly Ann Trail Management Council (PATMC).

Future Planning

The Lapeer and Oakland County Polly Ann Trails are considered major trail systems of southeastern Michigan. Future plans include connections of the Oakland County Polly Ann Trail to the long-established Paint Creek Trail and its connection to the Clinton River Trail, Macomb-Orchard Trail, and other systems connecting an east/west recreational corridor across the State of Michigan. For more information about the trail systems of Michigan, please see our 'Links' page.

Milestones/Accomplishments

  • The Friends group was founded in the fall of 1997 to build support in the community for the acquisition of the 20 mile former rail corridor in Lapeer County.
  • Following a year and a half campaign by the Friends to demonstrate support in the county for the acquisition, the Michigan Natural Resources Commission approved the acquisition in the spring of 1999. The funds for the $449,000 purchase came from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
  • Prior to the 2000 Michigander bike ride, which included the Polly Ann Trail, the Friends constructed six bridges over former railroad trestles. A seventh bridge was built later.
  • The Friends group was involved in the development of the initial master plan for the Polly Ann Trail.
  • The Riseman family donated a ten acre parcel to the Lapeer Land Conservancy adjacent to the Polly Ann Trail that includes the Belle River and adjoining wetlands.
  • The Friends group contributed $10,000 toward the acquisition of a seven acre parcel that connects the Polly Ann Trail and General Squier Park. Upon completion of the connector trail from the park to the trail, the park will serve as a trailhead for the Polly Ann Trail.
  • A bike rack and an informational kiosk were donated by the Friends for the Dryden Memorial Park. The park serves as a trailhead for the Polly Ann Trail.
  • In 2012, the Friends group donated over $6000 for the construction of a trailhead in Imlay City. The trailhead has a gravel parking lot, two benches, a message board, hitching posts, and trash barrels. The trailhead is maintained by the City of Imlay City.

Contact

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