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Matt Bach, Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
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Mt. Pleasant Showcased for Community Excellence

City’s Access Adventure Trail Recognized at Statewide Conference

LANSING, Michigan – The city of Mt. Pleasant was among 27 communities showcased on April 9 at the 2013 Michigan Municipal League Community Excellence Award (CEA) competition during the League’s 2013 Capital Conference in Lansing.

The city’s Access Adventure Trail was one of three projects presented at the League’s Region 4 Roundtable, which includes all communities in the east-central part of the lower peninsula, excluding the thumb. The winning entry from Region 4 was DeWitt’s Community Showcase event. The other nomination from Region 4 was Ithaca’s city-county police consolidation effort.

Mt. Pleasant City Manager Kathie Grinzinger explained that the Access Adventure Trail opened in 2010 and was expanded in 2012 as a universally accessible non-motorized pathway through Chipp-A-Waters Park that joins to another trail leading through five other parks. The paved trail was made possible through the efforts of many community partners. It is 10 feet wide and includes an eight foot by 150 foot pedestrian bridge that crosses the Chippewa River, with a scenic turnout where visitors can view both sides of the river at wheelchair height through glass panels. The trail also features universally accessible fixed viewing scopes

“The trail is  part of a three-year project focused on universal access and inclusiveness in the city’s recreation facilities, programs, and services designed to serve people of all ages and abilities in the Mt Pleasant community,” Grinzinger said.

The 27 communities participating in this year’s CEA competition are Region 1 (southeast Michigan): Eastpointe, Linden/Fenton/Holly; Grosse Pointe, New Baltimore, Plymouth, Rochester, and Westland; Region 2 (central and southwest Michigan): Albion, Baroda/Bridgman/Berrien Springs, South Haven and St. Joseph; Region 3 (central-west Michigan): Belding and Whitehall; Region 4 (mid-Michigan): DeWitt, Ithaca and Mt. Pleasant; Region 5 (the thumb): Harbor Beach, Imlay City and Lexington; Region 6 (northern portion of the lower peninsula): Rogers City; and Region 7 (upper peninsula): Ironwood, Ontonagon, and Sault Ste. Marie. The winners from each region will now go on to compete for the statewide CEA title during the League’s Annual Convention September 18-20 in Detroit. The seven regional winners are Linden/Fenton/Holly, St. Joseph, Belding, DeWitt, Imlay City, Rogers City, and Ironwood.

The CEA program, affectionately called “The Race for the Cup,” was started by the League in 2007 to recognize innovative solutions taking place in Michigan’s communities.

For additional details contact Matt Bach, director of media relations for the Michigan Municipal League, at (734) 669-6317 or

Michigan Municipal League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services.



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