Portions of Battle Creek’s Linear Park Path are temporarily closed for renovations

Javier Monteford said he uses the Linear Park Path every day as a runner and cyclist.

On Friday, the Augusta resident was forced to make a brief detour along Service Street in Battle Creek as crews continued to work to improve a section of trail between Washington Ave. and to repair Angell Street, which is closed to work.

Javier Monteford of Augusta rides his bike down Service Street on Friday, August 12, 2022 to avoid work on the Linear Park Pathway in downtown Battle Creek.

“I like when I come back jogging and spend some time down on that landing,” said Monteford. “I’m going all the way down to Fort Custer and down to Bailey Park. I really enjoy it.”

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Hunter-Prell Co. teams worked near the confluence of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo rivers at South Cass Street and Jackson Street on Friday. They had previously cleared trees and brushwood in preparation for the pavement replacement project, which will stretch from Washington Avenue to 20th Street when completed by a date to be determined.

A crew from Hunter-Prell Co. removes the sidewalk from a portion of the Linear Park Path along the banks of the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek on Friday, August 12, 2022.

Along Jackson Street, another section of the trail has been temporarily closed as city crews carry out storm sewer work and add a pipe to ensure stormwater keeps moving and does not back up over the curb. This project is expected to take up to two weeks.

The Linear Park Trail consists of over 26 miles of trails in Battle Creek with six distinct loops: East (6.9 miles), West (6.6 miles), Fell (1.3 miles), Spring Lake at Kellogg Community College ( 1 mile), Riverside Elementary (1.1 mile) and the Perimeter Loop (10.5 miles). Linear Park is part of the 4,600-mile North Country Trail, the longest trail in the nation.

Linear Park trail map.

Originally proposed in 1982 to connect 11 parks and seven schools, Linear Park was connected over the following years and was completed in its current form in 1997. It was paid for with $1.13 million from the Michigan Land Trust Fund in 1983 and a $3.47 million grant from the WK Kellogg Foundation in 1984.

Contact Reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley

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