Walking their dog last week from the Green Lake Animal Shelter along the north side of Highway 23, where a bike trail is planned, are Christopher Smith, left, and Hans Brammer.
Walking their dog last week from the Green Lake Animal Shelter along the north side of Highway 23, where a bike trail is planned, are Christopher Smith, left, and Hans Brammer.

   Three miles, three months and $200,000.

   Those are the missing links to connect a paved, 36-mile round-trip bike bath connecting Berlin to Ripon to Green Lake.

   Planning for the 10-foot wide, asphalt trail is nearing completion given several developments that quietly have taken place during the past decade.

   Green Lake Greenways, a 10-year-old group of trail enthusiasts spearheading the effort, has:

  • collected about $512,500 in donations, grants and in-kind contributions toward pre-engineering, engineering and building the trail segment;
  • received the blessing of Green Lake County to support and maintain the portion of new trail being developed;
  • sought and received the necessary easement rights from property owners on whose land the bike trail will cross.

   Lauree Renaud, founder and president of Green Lake Greenways, expects to receive notice this month that a $290,000 DNR grant has been approved and hopes to bid out construction on the 10-foot-wide trail by Oct. 1.

Read the full story in the July 12, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.