Alderman wants to connect Green Bay-area trails

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - On a beautiful spring day like we had Tuesday, the Green Bay area's recreational trails are full of walkers, runners and cyclists.

Fox River Trail
Fox River Trail (WBAY photo)

One Green Bay alderman wants to see those trails better connected.

Mark Steuer wants the Parks Committee to explore connecting three paved trails: The Fox River Trail, the west-side railroad trail, and the East River Trail.

"It's a nice paved trail so for me it's fairly easy riding, it's in the city, nice scenery," Kelly Gigot said while cycling the Fox River Trail.

"I do ride the east-side trail, too, because it's nice and winding, it goes through the trees and it's scenic," Scott Potopa said.

Steuer says right now these are just ideas, but he says it's unfortunate the east and west sides aren't well-connected and he hopes the Parks Committee members can put their heads together and come up with a plan to execute this vision.

To pull this off, Steuer says they would have to get creative at some points along the trails.

He says the challenge is some business own the right-of-ways that could technically connect the trails. Also, connecting the west-side trail would involving crossing the Fox River at some point.

"One of the things I would really like to see is the west side trail itself extend to the west and connect into the village of Howard, which would connect them to the Mountain Bay Trail which goes all the way out to Wausau," Steuer said.

People we talked with on the trails Tuesday think connecting them is a good idea.

"It's great. People are trying to be healthy and trying to get out and exercise," Potopa said.

"The more trails the city has the better. You know, you look at cities like Madison, who has tons of bike trails, and people that are trying to get a better and healthier lifestyle, it just adds to it," Gigot said.

As for how to pay for it, Steuer says grants or users fees could be options.

But first and foremost he just wants a conversation to move forward about how to accomplish this.

"I've lived in the city -- in fact 36 years ago today I moved to Green Bay -- so besides that, I have always been interested in waterfront access, I have been interested in trails especially, and I worked quite hard on the west side trail that is about a mile-and-a-half long and it connected between Bond Street and down toward the Boys & Girls Club," he said.

Steuer says if the committee requests more study on his trail connection proposal, this will move over to the city council for further decisions.

The meeting takes place Wednesday at 4 p.m. at City Hall, 100 N. Jefferson St.

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