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Concord's Historic Millpond 
 
In 1971, residents were concerned and painted over the slogan emblazoned on the side of building, "Asleep at the switch?  Not by a Dam Site.”


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The Falling Waters Trail is a major east-west component of the Jackson County Regional Trail plan, connecting Cascades, Ella Sharp, Lime Lake and Swains Lake parks in south-central Michigan’s Jackson County with the city of Jackson. The Trail has been dedicated as a Jackson County Park.             

The mission of the Friends of the Falling Waters Trail, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, is to raise funds and public awareness for the development and improvement of the Falling Waters Trail County Park. We have received overwhelming support from citizens in the Jackson, Concord and Spring Arbor areas. We hope you will join them in supporting the construction of the Falling Waters Trail.

Linking Communities Through Non-Motorized Trails:

The Falling Waters Trail is a 10.5 mile linear non-motorized County Park based on the old Michigan Central railroad bed.  It runs between Weatherwax Drive and the Village of Concord, Michigan. This Trail connects Summit, Spring Arbor and Concord townships and crosses Lime Lake on an old causeway.  It connects at its east end to Jackson’s Inter City Trail which continues east three miles into downtown Jackson.  You will find bicycle lanes painted throughout the city for safe cycling.


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Welcome to Spring in Michigan. 

Weatherwax Trailhead access update: " Weatherwax Trailhead hopefully will be open next week June 30th. The work was completed as of last Friday and the new curbs to finish the road will be worked on this week (June 23 - 27).
 

What is a Giant Hogweed? Recently there has been concern about a plant that is poisonous to the touch causing a burn like rash. It is called Giant Hogweed. Recently a trail user brought to the attention of the board a plant that could be just that. Pictures were taken and sent to the DNR for verification. The DNR website has a lot of very good information about this plant and the many look a likes.  Giant Hogweed needs to be removed by persons in full body suits and in a manner that does not allow it to touch on any skin surfaces. Our plants that were on the south side of the trail east of Reynolds road were found to be Cow Parsnips, very similar in appearance to Giant Hogweed. So if you had thoughts, not to worry. Thank you Don Nelson – trail member for bringing the question forward.


Meet the new Director of Jackson County Parks - Scott Robbins. 


Consider updating your membership status if you have not done so for 2014.
 
If you want to do more for the trail and would consider a board position (10 meetings a year) or help putting a newsletter together (4 times a year), please respond to this email address. 

Share this newsletter with friends, feel free to forward and/or print. 
 
Watch the Kiosks for updated information on a change in the bollards (posts at the trail intersections) and the trail connector that will go to Cascades from the Inter city trail - 
 
Have you ever traveled down the Intercity Trail to Downtown? Give it a try. 
 
Happy Spring  - Watch for the Trillium that will soon sprout and bloom in the trees along the trail. 

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Welcome to the 2014 Wild Life Marathon! ...this is our 6th running. The purpose of this annual event is to raise funds to help maintain the Falling Waters Trail and to support local community and county park improvements to the trail. Click Here for more info.


EYES AND EARS ON THE TRAIL

Safety is always a top priority for us on the Falling Waters Trail. To support law enforcement agencies that spend some time on the trail, we'd like to begin an organized effort to have volunteers on the trail to help insure a pleasant experience.  If you're available, give Parks Director, Brandon Ransom, a call at 768-2917.

Friends of the Falling Waters Trail
c/o Jackson County Parks
1992 Warren Ave
Jackson MI 49203
Email: info@fallingwatertrail.org