Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ advocacy organization which began in 2008. The organization’s mission is to facilitate the development of a regional network of trails and greenways to preserve the natural beauty of the area and advocate, educate, and encourage on behalf of safe biking and walking.
In its commitment to community education, Green Lake Greenways founded, and continues to take an active role in, community projects, such as The Walking School Bus Program, Bike to School Day, Bicycle Safety Training, and Police Officers Training.
Greenways is also leading the way in fundraising for the first-ever multiuse path in Green Lake County, but additional funds are needed. The first phase of the 10-foot-wide paved path was located in the State Highway 23 corridor, connecting the Green Lake Conference Center to the City of Green Lake. Future phases of the path project will connect the communities of Green Lake, Ripon, and Berlin. Phase one was completed in 2014.
The Mascoutin Valley State Trail has been an ongoing renovation project for Greenways. The trail, located between the cities of Ripon and Berlin on a former railroad corridor, allows a variety of users to experience nature firsthand. Newly laid limestone welcomes riders and walkers to the serenity, beauty, and safety that trails can provide.
As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts and community education, Green Lake Greenways started The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Bike Ride in 2009. Riders are offered the option of several routes on the region’s roads. Enjoy a beautiful day biking the quiet, scenic, rural roads for which the Green Lake area has gained a reputation for great biking experiences. The routes are filled with small farms, abundant wildlife, great birding, and opportunities to visit the small communities that make the area what it is.
The 2017 Movin’ on the Mascoutin, ride, run, walk will start and finish at Vines & Rushes Winery on County Road E three miles north of Ripon on June 10. Movin’ is family friendly, and lunch and t-shirts will be offered as part of the event. This beautiful packed-gravel, 12-mile trail connects the communities of Berlin and Ripon.
We invite you to visit the Green Lake area, support a great cause, and enjoy the natural beauty the area has to offer. Go to greenlakegreenways.org for additional information.
Lauree Renaud is President of Green Lake Greenways.