CNC Receives Grant for Chippewa Trail Bridge

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October 08, 2019
Chippewa Nature Center (CNC) has received a $125,000 grant from the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Healthy Community Fund for its Chippewa Trail Bridge Maintenance and Repair Project.
In 2005, CNC built the 3.5 mile Chippewa Trail connecting CNC to downtown Midland at the Tridge. Thousands of visitors use this non-motorized pathway annually, and its ADA accessibility makes it an ideal way to connect individuals with limited mobility to nature. Over the years, the Chippewa Trail bridges have sustained weather-related damage, which has been addressed with hinged ramps, repaired decking and railings and asphalt to level out the approaches. One of the two bridges will be reconstructed in 2020 with improved building techniques including helical pilings in unstable soils and improved decking and railing materials with longer life expectancy.
Reconstruction of the bridge will restore universal accessibility to the Chippewa Trail, while also providing a safer experience for the thousands of annual Chippewa Trail users, a recreational asset that promotes fitness, non-motorized travel to downtown Midland and access to nature and green spaces.
The Midland Area Community Foundation provides philanthropic leadership to strengthen our community by fostering collaboration and giving today and in the future.
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Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect all people to nature through educational, recreational and cultural experiences. Enjoy free admission to 19 miles of trails from dawn-to-dark, 365 days a year. The Visitor Center, located at 400 S Badour Rd, is open 8 am-5 pm Monday-Saturday and 12-5 pm Sunday and select holidays. Learn more at
Jamie Hockstra, Director of Marketing & Communications