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2015 Summer Newsletter
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Dive Site Along the Trail
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
Good signage all along the Trail
Family friendly fun
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.
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.
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.
2015 Summer Newsletter
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
Meet the new Director of Jackson County Parks - Scott Robbins.
If you want to do more for
the trail and would consider a board position (10 meetings a
year) or help putting a
together (4 times a year), please respond to this email
address. Share this newsletter with friends, feel free to forward and/or
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
Join us for the 7th year of supporting your Falling Waters
Trail! We have changed our races distances for the 2015
edition of the race formerly known as the Wildlife Marathon.
This year we will have 3 distances, 5K, 10K, and
half-marathon, each with a run and walk division.
Registration is open and we are looking for volunteers and
sponsors. Please think about helping us maintain and improve
your Falling Waters Trail! More information at
the Falling Waters Trail
c/o Jackson County Parks
1992 Warren Ave
Jackson MI 49203