Pokagon Fund pledges $300K to help make trail from Chicago to New Buffalo

Published: Feb. 7, 2018 at 1:58 PM EST
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A proposed trail that would connect Chicago to New Buffalo has its first major pledge.

The Pokagon Fund committed three-hundred thousand dollars towards the development of the trail stretching from the Michigan border to downtown New Buffalo.

The Marquette Greenway Trail will stretch over 50 miles from downtown Chicago along the lakeshore to New Buffalo.

The trail would go through 15 different communities and each community has committees working to help fund their portion of the trail.

The steering committee in charge of the New Buffalo portion hopes to have their four-mile long portion of the trail done by the year 2020.

They say it will improve their quality of life.

“This trail will help connect our neighboring communities to downtown New Buffalo in a really accessible way,” said Heather Gradowski, a member of the steering committee in New Buffalo. “It'll promote healthy lifestyles; and altogether, it'll make New Buffalo a better place to live, work, and play.”

“Someday, you'll be able to ride your bike from downtown Chicago to New Buffalo, throw your bike on the Amtrak, and ride back home,” she added. “I can't think of a better way to come and experience our community.”

The New Buffalo steering committee is looking to raise $2 million in the next year.

Donations to support the project can be made online at