Lake-to-lake trail brings opportunity to South Haven

Lake-to-lake trail brings opportunity to South Haven


((RIBBON CUTTING NATS)) 3 LEON:..WITH THAT– FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER LAKE MICHIGAN AND LAKE HURON ARE OFFICALLY LINKED BY A TRAIL-IT’S BIRTH TODAY– CELEBRATED AT ITS START IN SOUTH HAVEN! 3 LEON:..IT’S A HUGE DEAL FOR BIKING ENTHUSIASTS— GIVING EVERYONE THE ABILITY TO GET ACROSS THE ENTIRE LOWER PENINSULA OF MICHIGAN– 3 FROM LAKE TO LAKE– AND FOR MOST OF THE TRIP WITHOUT USING A ROAD. NEWS 8’S KYLE MITCHELL WAS THERE WHEN IT OFFCIALLY OPENED UP. 3 KYLE INTRO 09:26 “THIS BUOY MARKS THE SPOT OF THE 275 MILE LONG TRAIL THAT HAS TAKEN YEARS TO BECOME A REALITY.” (NAT?)AN ARMY OF RIDERSa& (BIKE SOUND NAT?)a& HEADED ON A LONG JOURNEY BUT THRILLED TO BE ALONG FOR THE RIDE.NAT 51:46 “a& WE’LL BE THERE IN SIX DAYS.”COMMUNITY AND STATE LEADERS GATHERED IN SOUTH HAVEN FRIDAY MORNINGa&(NAT) a& TO OFFICIALLY DEDICATE ROUTE NUMBER ONE OF THE NEW GREAT LAKE-TO-LAKE TRAILS SYSTEM.(MIC NAT)A PELOTON OF RIDERS TAKING THE FIRST OFFICIAL RIDE — MANY HEADING ALL THE WAY TO PORT HURON ON THE LONGEST DEDICATED TRAIL IN THE STATE. 09:55 “YOU’VE CONNECTED MORE THAN A DOZEN, MAYBE TWO DOZEN LOCAL TRAILS INTO ONE ROUTE.”THE STATE TRAIL COORDINATOR FOR THE MICHIGAN DNR SAYS IT HAS TAKEN YEARS TO MAKE THE PROJECT A REALITY. PAUL YAUK / STATE TRAIL COORDINATOR, MICHIGAN DNR 56:39 “REALLY IT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 30 YEARS AND IN THE EARLY DAYS PEOPLE, THEY DIDN’T BELIEVE IT BUT NOW IT’S COMING. IT’S COMING FASTER. PEOPLE WANT TO HAVE TRAILS.” THE PROJECT PAID FOR BY THE MICHIGAN NATURAL RESOURCES TRUST FUND, THE MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, AND GENEROUS PRIVATE DONATIONS. 57:34 “WE HAD A CALL FROM NEW BUFFALO AND NORTHERN INDIANA. THEY WANT TO CONNECT TO OUR TRAIL SO YOU’RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO COME FROM NORTHERN INDIANA UP TO SOUTH HAVEN.”A BUOY BROUGHT FROM PORT HURON MARKS THE START OF THE TRAIL IN SOUTH HAVEN.NAT 59:18 “IT’S REALLY A BIG MILESTONE FOR US.” SCOTT REINERT THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE SOUTH HAVEN VISITORS BUREAU SAYS THE PROJECT COULD BOOST TOURISM AND THE LOCAL ECONOMY. SCOTT REINERT / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SOUTH HAVEN VISITORS BUREAU 59:42 “THIS HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BECOME SOMETHING. REALLY A BIG ATTRACTION FOR FOLKS AND FOLKS THAT ARE INTO BIKING AND WALKING AND SO FORTH SO WE SEE IT AS A BIG DESTINATION OPPORTUNITY FOR SOUTH HAVEN.” THE PLAN IS CREATE A TOTAL OF FIVE GREAT LAKE-TO-LAKE TRAILS ACROSS MICHIGAN. TERM OBJECTIVE IS TO REALLY HAVE A