All meetings begin at 7:15pm
February 16 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428
April 20 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444
June 15 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428
August 17 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444
October 18 - Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Road, Dryden, MI 48428
December 21 - Lamb Steele Building, 395 E. Third Street, Imlay City, MI 48444
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.
We hope to update you with good news about the Trust Fund grant when we learn whether the grant grant application was approved later this fall.
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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.
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).
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.
Your donation will be used for future trail development and supporting developments (access trails, trailheads, trailhead improvements.)