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Manitowoc moves forward with project to build trails

A Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grant will help develop a public trail system that connects Mariners Trail to Lincoln Park Zoo.

The City of Manitowoc received a Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program grant for $369,000 that will allow the city to move forward on a public trail system.

The plans for the Bayshore Drive Trail System, located on the former Elks Club property and now part of the Bayshore Development Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District, include a kayak launch, paved trails, lighting and a bridge connecting Mariners Trail to the Lincoln Park Zoo, reported The Herald Times Reporter.

In a Facebook post, Manitowoc Mayor Justin Nickels states, “The goal has always been to get people from the Mariners Trail to Lincoln Park – soon they will be able to!”

In addition to Knowles-Nelson funding, the project received a $100,000 donation from the West Foundation. The remainder of the funding will come from the TIF.

Featured image by Amy Bayer, 2021.

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