Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens’ advocacy organization founded 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, Bike Rodeos, and Bicycle and Pedestrian Education for Law Enforcement.
Greenways is leading the way in the creation and fundraising for the first-ever multiuse path in Green Lake County. 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.
Phase two aims to continue the Northwestern Trail from Ripon to Green Lake—our current fundraising events, including Movin’ on the Mascoutin Trail, are going toward part of the trail we hope to build from Ripon to the lake itself. The engineering will be completed this year, and construction of the trail from County Road PP to State Highway 49 may be completed as well.
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.
The family-friendly 2018 Movin’ on the Mascoutin Bike Ride will occur 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and will start and finish in the City of Berlin at Riverside Park. A $20 registration fee includes lunch and a Mascoutin Trail hat. Preregistration is April 1 through May 15, and riders will have three options: a 10-mile or 24-mile trail ride or, new this year, seasoned riders can blend a paved road and trail for a 25-mile loop. Support and rest stops are offered to the riders.
Riders can start at the park and ride the beautiful and historical streets of Berlin to the trail located at South Street in Berlin. This beautiful trail connects the communities of Berlin and Ripon.
We invite you to visit Green Lake, Berlin, and Ripon and support a great cause while enjoying the area’s natural beauty. Go to greenlakegreenways.org for additional information.
Lauree Renaud is President of Green Lake Greenways.