Calhoun County, Michigan
Client | Reference
Albion City Manager
Sam Lovall, PLA, ASLA
Jeffrey Smith, PLA, LEED AP
Kim Dietzel, LA Designer
PEA assisted the City of Albion and Albion College in winning an MDNR Trust Fund grant to complete design and engineering and construct the Albion College Loop Trail. This mile-long shared use path extends the existing Albion Riverwalk south through Victory Park, Albion College property and an historic city-owned cemetery, where it connects to M-99 and a proposed trail route to the Village of Homer. Most significantly, this project completes an urban segment of the Calhoun County Trail, the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail, the North County Trail and the Iron Belle Trail, which all share the same corridor in the City of Albion.
The pathway begins near an existing parking area offering trailhead amenities and is designed to safely avoid conflict with existing features as it passes through Victory Park. Upon entering Albion College property, it sensitively traverses agrarian landforms adjacent to the College-owned Equestrian Center and a scenic woodlot before crossing the edge of the historic cemetery. The pathway strengthens non-motorized connectivity within the Albion community while enhancing recreation opportunities and demonstrates the outstanding partnership between Albion College and the Albion City Government.
Grant assistance, site analysis, trail planning and construction administration.