By Austin Short
Holt Journal Staff Reporter
After the opening of the 1.5-mile Ram Trail in early December, Delhi Township administration is in the midst of designing Ram Trail Two, which will start at the Holt Road and Eifert Road intersection and travel north-east towards Jaycee Park and Cedar Street.
“These trails have been very popular amongst citizens and in my 27 years working for the township I think the trails are one of our greatest contributions to the community,” said Director of Parks and Recreation Mark Jenks.
According to Tracy Miller, Director of Community Development, construction of the new trail will most likely begin in spring of 2017 and be completed that fall.
“There is some property across from Eifert Road that the township owns. There is a worn out two track back there that people use and that is something that could be a part of Ram Trail Two,” said Jenks.
Nothing is set in stone in regards to the exact path the new trail will take.
Miller said that the designing of Ram Trail Two is just getting started but the path will generally start at Eifert Road and travel towards Jaycee Park.
The Valhalla, Sycamore and Ram trails have all been developed since 2006, and have become a big part of the community’s identity.
Even though the Ram Trail has only been open for nearly three months it has had a great impact on the safety of Holt students.
“Previously students going from east to west campus had to bike or walk along the road,” said Holt schools Superintendent David Hornack. “So all along we were worried for their safety. A lot of Holt Road is 55 mph. This trail improves student safety tremendously.”
Locals have also used the trail for jogging and biking.
“We have mainly got joggers and walkers coming in more often. Hopefully more students will be coming in when the weather gets nicer,” said Sam Breininger, cashier at the Big Ten Party Store, located at the intersection of Holt Road and Eifert Road.
The trails have been such a hit in Delhi Township that more trail developments could be on their way within three to five years, the goal being to connect all the greater Lansing area trails eventually.
Connecting Holt’s Valhalla trail to Mason’s Hayhoe trail is a fairly high priority.
“Ingham County has a millage for trail improvement and connecting those trails was voted the second highest priority,” said Jenks. “Mason has a beautiful trail but it really doesn’t go anywhere.”
The new trails have provided safety and health benefits, but connecting communities would also increase accessibility.