Kalamazoo River Valley Trail Downtown Connection

Connecting our community

Kalamazoo, MI Community

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Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County is a Registered 501(c)(3), Tax ID 382886994.


Our Story

We want to build a connection through Downtown Kalamazoo! We want to connect Downtown  Kalamazoo to neighborhoods, to campuses, to businesses, to families. Currently, there is a gap. 

The Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County started in 1988 and starting raising money for this project in 1998 as a group of people who wanted to see county parks improved. We developed a vision through community feedback to build non-motorized trail connecting Kalamazoo County. In 2008 we broke ground and have been building trail almost every year since. Today, there are 22 miles of trail connecting Kalamazoo County to people and places. 

The KRV Trail is for families. It's for commuters. It's for workers. It's for everybody. Trails are used by every facet of this community. There were over 228,000 uses in 2015!

The story of the KRV Trail is a story about connecting people to places.    

The Project

We want to connect the trail so families can ride safely downtown. We want Kalamazoo to benefit from the economic impact this trail will provide.  We want to build a connection of KRV Trail Downtown Connection through the heart of our community. 

Currently, there are 22 miles complete of this non-motorized, paved-asphalt trail. One stretch begins at 10th Street, heading east from the Kal-Haven Trail and stretching 4.8 miles to Westnedge Ave. You can also enjoy a section that connects 35th St. in Galesburg to D Avenue, traveling through River Oaks County Park, Mayors’ Riverfront Park, Verburg Park, along Riverview Dr., and heading north along Markin Glen County Park and the Kalamazoo Nature Center. This trail will connect these two segments! 

Some of the specific design aspects of the Downtown Connection are:

  • The trail is always separated from traffic.
  • Travel along the Arcadia Creek, enjoying nature in an urban setting.
  • Trail signage and pavement markings will be used to guide travelers.
  • Links to medical facilities, businesses, Kalamazoo Valley Museum & College, restaurants, breweries, and the Arcadia Festival Site!

With partnerships throughout the city creating a culture of walkable and urban places, the trail is a natural amenity to have downtown. 

Connect People with Places. Grow the number of safe routes for pedestrians and bikers. Build Community.

The Downtown Connection will foster the intent and vision of the City of Kalamazoo to become a bike friendly city. This route will help achieve goals for less parking, help students to travel in between campus buildings, and create an amenity for linking entire neighborhoods. 

It has been shown in numerous examples throughout the country that protected bikeways increase spending at local businesses in downtown districts.


Here is what local citizens and business owners have to say about what the trail has already done:

“Our downtown business loves the KRV Trail! It supports health through movement, connects our neighborhoods, and makes walking and biking safer for our staff and customers. It's such an asset to the community that we've pledged support to help complete the KRV Trail Downtown Connection, which will also bring more customers to our store."- Chris Dilley, General Manager, The People’s Food Co-op

“The Monday Morning Bike group has been meeting at MacKenzie’s (downtown location) for years. We have seen an increase in business being located near the KRV Trail and see the value it brings to our community.”-John MacKenzie, Owner, MacKenzies Bakery

The Kalamazoo Community is incredible lucky to have a resource like the KRV Trail. We must connect the heart of our community," said Matt Lechel, Kalamazoo County Parks Commissioner. "We need this safe route. We need this for a myriad of reasons, the least of which is economic development, the most of which is preserving lives in this community. From recreation to physical fitness, from getting to work to having some fun, the KRV Trail Downtown Connection benefits all of us. 

With the generous support from individuals and businesses like you and matching funds from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, we are seeking to raise an additional $50,000. IF we meet our goal the state will match what we raise, essentially DOUBLING YOUR DONATION!

Payments can be made via checks or credit cards.  Checks should be made out to the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County and can be dropped off the Kalamazoo County Expo Center, located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo or mailed to: 

Attn: KRVT Downtown Connection
Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County
PO Box 50467
Kalamazoo, MI 49005

All investments in this project are tax-deductible.  






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