Chelsea Connection Campaign Successfully Completed
Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative (HWPI) successfully completed an online crowdfunding campaign in September. Launched in July, the campaign would fund a new segment of construction in Chelsea connecting the Border to Border Trail (B2B Trail) directly into downtown Chelsea. HWPI goal was to raise $50,000 and, if successful, that funding would be matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through their Public Spaces, Community Places grant opportunity.
At the close of the campaign on September 15th, over $116,000 was raised through the Chelsea Connection Campaign, including the $50,000 matching grant from the MEDC. There were 248 individual donors who contributed to the campaign with over 70% of these individuals being new supporters to HWPI and the B2B Trail.
Thank you to the 248 supporters of the Chelsea Connection Campaign. Your dedication to completing the B2B Trail is greatly appreciated. This important milestone would not have been possible without your generous support.
The Chelsea Connection of the B2B Trail is a 1.1 mile segment that will begin at Veterans Park, wind through Timbertown, and continue north on a road-separated path adjacent to M-52. The new segment of trail will not only lead trail users into downtown Chelsea to enjoy shopping, dining, and recreation, but it will connect to the existing 4.8 miles of trail that were built between 2018-2020. Construction is underway on this new segment of trail and we expect to complete the work in spring or summer of 2022. Stay tuned for additional construction updates on this new segment of trail in future editions.