Trails and greenways serve as recreational outlets, alternative transportation networks, and environmental preservation corridors. They connect urban, suburban, and country areas to parks, schools, business districts, and other points of interests.
The City of Walker is geographically positioned to access many of west Michigan’s most popular regional trails and greenways. Access to the Fred Meijer Standale Trail, the Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail, the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail, the Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network, and Kent Trails is provided within the City. Additionally, the Musketawa Trail can be accessed just outside the City’s limits. Efforts are currently underway to link these and other regional trails into an interconnected network.
Fred Meijer Standale Trail
The Fred Meijer Standale Trail provides a north/south route through the City. It runs from City Central Park to the north side of Millennium Park. The trail is approximately 5.5 miles long and has a paved surface, wood boardwalks, and a landmark pedestrian tunnel. The trail connects area neighborhoods to parks, schools, a library, the Walker Ice and Fitness Center, City Hall, and the downtown Standale Business District. Parking for the Fred Meijer Standale Trail is available at City Central Park, Lincoln Lawns Park, and Harmon Field. The Fred Meijer Standale Trail is maintained by the City of Walker.
Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail
The Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail provides an east/west route through the City. The Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail also connects the Musketawa Trail to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail. The Fred Meijer Pioneer Trail is maintained by the Kent County Parks Department.
Fred Meijer White Pine Trail
The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail runs approximately 92 miles from Grand Rapids to Cadillac. It has both paved and natural surfaces. The trail enters the city at the northeast corner and runs south to North Park St. From North Park St., the trail crosses the Grand River on the North Park St. bridge and connects to Riverside Park in the City of Grand Rapids. Parking for Fred Meijer White Pine trail access in the City of Walker is available at Lamoreaux Park, which is located at the intersection of West River Dr. and North Park St. The Fred Meijer White Pine Trail is maintained by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of the White Pine Trail.
Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network
The Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network is located within Millennium Park and provides approximately 18 miles of paved and natural surface trails that wind throughout the park. At the north end of the park, the trails connect to the Fred Meijer Standale Trail. At the south end of the park, the trails connect to Kent Trails. The Fred Meijer Millennium Trail Network is maintained by the Kent County Parks Department.
The City of Walker has partnered with the West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition to assist with the planning, funding, and maintenance of trails and greenways within the City. The local arm of this non-profit organization is the Friends of Walker Trails. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow them on Facebook for information on monthly meetings and trail activities.