Jackson County Celebrates Grand Opening of Nature Trail
FOX 47 News
Photo by: Kenny Price
Jackson, MI--The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce invited the community to a ribbon cutting celebration in honor of the grand opening of the Nature for All Trail at Dahlem (located at 7117 South Jackson Road) on Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 12:00pm – 2:00pm. The ribbon was cut at 1:00pm, along with a brief program, followed by a guided introductory walk. The garden, trails, and Nature Playscape were open to the public.
The new Nature for All Trail is designed to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, and mobility-enhancing walkers. “Everyone should have an opportunity to get outside to enjoy nature,” said executive director Rod Malloy. “This 3/8-mile trail makes nature more accessible for people who need the assistance of scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, canes or other mobility aids.”
Dahlem has grown since 1961 as a place to learn about and enjoy nature. The 300 acres of land include the Fannie Beach Arboretum, the Dahlem Ecology Farm, and five miles of walking trails. Dahlem offers educational programs and events targeted toward both children and adults, highlighted by outdoor adventure day camps, the new Science and Nature Preschool and weekly activities and programs connecting the public with nature and all its wonder and surprises.
The Nature for All Trail makes engaging with nature possible for a broader population. The trail’s surface is made of ResinPaveTM, a hard-packed, environmentally friendly material. Visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the outdoors while walking, and can rest at benches placed along the trail’s route.
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit association of businesses and non-profits, committed to strengthening their businesses and the Jackson Community. With a proud history reaching back to 1909, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce supports its members through promotion, advocacy, collaboration, networking events and education.