Mayor Andy Schor today was joined by City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Director Brett Kaschinske, Ingham County Board of Commissioners Chair Bryan Crenshaw, and Ingham County Parks Commissioner Cherry Hamrick, to cut the ribbon for repairs completed near Washington Avenue, between Hazel Street and Malcom X Street, on the Lansing River Trail. Throughout 2020, the Lansing River Trail has undergone several imporant renovations.
“The Lansing River Trail is a treasure in our city and it’s important to keep the trail safe for walkers, runners and bikers to enjoy. I’m appreciative that we were able to fix many potentially hazardous issues thanks to millage dollars. This year, more than ever, we’ve all been looking for ways to get out of the house in a safe and distanced way and utilizing the 16 miles of Lansing River Trail is a great option,” said Mayor Schor.
Due to safety concerns, the City closed sections of the trail for repair. Over the course of this last year, the Lansing River Trail has undergone the following restoration projects:
Washington Avenue Soil Stabilization: To resolve the riverbank erosion and problems that were resulting, rip rap (natural stone) was placed along the riverbank to prevent scour caused by the river’s currents. Additionally, gabion baskets (wire mesh boxes filled with natural stone) were placed in areas where the riverbank was more prone to the river’s currents to provide additional structural stability. Live stakes (plant cuttings) of native species were then planted along the riverbank. The plants will take root in the riverbank and help keep the soil in place to provide a buffer from water run-off and the river currents. Aside from the work done to the riverbank, the River Trail was repaved, and the timber rail fence was replaced.
The completed projects were primarily funded by Ingham County Parks and Trail Millage dollars, with additional matching funds from the City of Lansing Parks Millage.
The Lansing River Trail, a 16-mile paved path that runs from Waverly Road to Old Town, has been a popular attraction in the City of Lansing for walking, running, biking, sight-seeing and more since the mid 1970’s.
Learn more about River Trail projects at www.lansingmi.gov/RTprojects.
For additional information on the Lansing River Trail, please visit www.lansingrivertrail.org.