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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Crowdfunding Campaign Launched for the 'Hammond Hill Multi-Use Trail' Project

$21,000 Goal to Win Matching Grant Through MEDC and MSHDA's Public Space Community Places Initiative

Lansing, Mich. – The Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the City of Hastings today announced a new crowdfunding campaign through Michigan-based crowdfunding platform Patronicity. The campaign will provide the last piece of a six-plus mile natural surface, multi-use trail system that will loop through the area’s rolling landscape.

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $21,000 by January 4th, the project will win a matching grant with funds made possible by MSHDA and MEDC’s Public Spaces Community Places program. For project details and to donate, please visit:

“A trail system like Hammond Hill provides a multitude of recreational opportunities for the community and region alike.” said MEDC Community Development Director Katharine Czarnecki. “We are pleased to partner on and resource this public space creation in Pure Michigan beauty.”

Funding raised during this campaign will create a natural surface, multi-use trail that would wind a 6- plus mile loop through some of Hastings most scenic rolling hills, woodlands, pastures and along the shore of Carter Lake, providing an opportunity for outdoor recreation for all ages. A connector trail from the popular Hastings River Walk in Tyden Park, would make Hammond Hill Multi-Use Trail readily accessible by foot or bicycle.

“The Michigan Municipal League is a strong supporter of the concept of placemaking and building on existing assets to create vibrant spaces,” said Dan Gilmartin, League CEO and executive director. “This initiative in Hastings is a great placemaking example and with the public’s support will become a source of pride for years to come.”

“Now is your chance to make every dollar you donate to the Hammond Hill Trail Project go twice as far,” said City of Hastings Community Development Director Alan Klein. “If we meet our goal of raising $21,000 through this campaign, The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Public Spaces Community Places Matching Grant program will double the amount. That’s a total of $42,000 to create over 6 miles of multi-use trails through one of the most scenic and under-utilized parks in the city.”

Public Spaces Community Places is a collaborative effort of the MEDC, MSHDA, the Michigan Municipal League, and Patronicity where local residents can use crowdfunding to be part of the development of strategic projects in their communities and be backed with a matching grant from MEDC. Communities, non-profits and other business entities can apply at

“Many communities have strip malls and parking lots that are ripe for redevelopment and the effort in Rogers City is an excellent example of turning this type of area into a point of pride,” said Dan Gilmartin, Michigan Municipal League CEO and executive director. “We hope the community supports this crowdfunding initiative and help make this space a welcoming destination for years to come.”

Pure Michigan is a brand representing business, talent and tourism initiatives across Michigan. These efforts are driven by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, which serves as the state’s marketing arm and lead advocate for business growth, jobs and opportunity with a focus on helping grow Michigan’s economy.

For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit For Michigan travel news, updates and information, visit Michigan residents interested in seeking employment with any of Michigan’s growing companies should check, where more than 94,000 jobs are currently available in a variety of industries.

Michigan Municipal League is dedicated to making Michigan’s communities better by thoughtfully innovating programs, energetically connecting ideas and people, actively serving members with resources and services, and passionately inspiring positive change for Michigan’s greatest centers of potential: its communities. The League advocates on behalf of its member communities in Lansing, Washington, D.C., and the courts; provides educational opportunities for elected and appointed municipal officials; and assists municipal leaders in administering services to their communities through League programs and services. Learn more at




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