By Matt Vande Bunte |

KENT COUNTY, MI – A 0.6-mile extension of the Cannon Township Trail will get the largest share of $668,000 in grants being awarded by the Grand Valley Metropolitan Council to six projects involving non-motorized paths.

Cannon Township will get $245,469 to fund more than half of a $457,652 project that will extend the existing 4-mile trail  that ends in Townsend Park to Cannonsburg Road. The link will pave the way for a future connection to the trail system in neighboring Ada Township.

 The cities of Grand Rapids, Rockford, Wyoming, the Kent County parks system and Jamestown Township in Ottawa County also are getting a share of the money that comes from federal “transportation alternatives” funding.

(The trail extension's) primary purpose is to serve as a link to the future connection of the Cannon Township and Ada Township trail systems using Honey Creek Avenue,” said Bonnie Blackledge, Cannon Township clerk. “That is being proposed as a future project, perhaps in 2016.”

Other recipients:

  • Grand Rapids is getting $182,769 to build a quarter-mile stretch of walkway on the east side of the Grand River from Canal Street Park to Leonard Street NW, then east to Monroe Avenue.

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  • Jamestown Township and the Ottawa County Road Commission are getting $72,000 for a half-mile path along 24th Avenue from Quincy to Greenly streets. The path will connect the Fred Meijer Kenowa Trail to a path that runs along Quincy.

“This will connect those neighborhoods (with access to the Quincy trail) to the new (Hudsonville) South Elementary School” at 24th and Greenly, township Supervisor Ken Bergwerff said.

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  • Wyoming is getting $43,680 for a quarter-mile connector between its Interurban Trail on the west side of Division Avenue and an existing Kentwood trail that ends at Division south of 50th Avenue. The project will include a refuge island in the middle of Division.

“Timing is perfect to leverage the Bus Rapid Transit Silver Line investment and encourage alternate modes of transportation,” said Rebecca Rynbrandt, Wyoming’s director of community services. “People will be able to safely bike to the Silver Line to access busing along Division Avenue and well into the city of Grand Rapids.”

  • Rockford is getting $10,082 for a shelter at 201 Northland Dr. NE along its Rum Creek Trail.

Matt Vande Bunte covers government for MLive/Grand Rapids Press. Email him or follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • Six Trails in Kent, Ottawa Counties to share $668K