Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail – Albion Michigan 2018

Labor Day Albion – Walk the Trail

Albion Health Care Alliance and Albion Recreation Department invite the community to come to Albion on Labor Day at 10 a.m., for those who cannot make it for the bigger walk over the Mackinac Bridge.
We meet in Victory Park, and walk over the footbridge of the South Branch of the Kalamazoo River between Victory Park and Rieger Park, and also the North Branch of the Kalamazoo River on Eaton Street bridge, near Washington Street Park. We walk over a half a dozen bridges, large and small.

Labor Day Albion Walk the Trail 2018 group portrait, photo by Catherine Kerley, Albion E-News

How Albion’s Labor Day Walk the Trail started.

Albion Downtown Development director Nidia Wolf started the walk in 2008, one year after the trail was dedicated.  Later she became the director for the Albion Health Care Alliance that still is the leader of this fun outdoor gathering.  The hike is the lower peninsula’s answer for the traditional “Walking the Bridge” on Labor Day for Michigan.  This event grows each year.  It includes crossing over four bridges and walking through seven of Albion’s 17 parks.   The Albion River Trail walk recurs every Labor Day.  It begins with a meeting near the River Trail sign for a group photo near the bandshell in Victory Park at 10:00 a.m. From there people walk northeast to Harris Field.

Ribbon Cutting for the opening of Albion River Trail on Oct. 5, 2007. Some of the officials shown are: Elizabeth Schultheiss, CEO, Albion Community Foundation
Donna Randall. President Albion College
William Wheaton, Mayor of Albion
Colin McCaleb, Administrator KCC Eastern Academic Center
Jeff Bell, President, and CEO of Homestead Savings Bank
Nidia Wolf, Director Albion Downtown Development Authority

Details of the 2018 Walk

Labor Day Albion Trail Walk is handicap friendly, pet-friendly, and kid-friendly.  Mowrer Agency at Albion Train Depot opened up its waiting room so the public could use the restrooms there.  The City of Albion opened the public restrooms at either end of the hike also.   The round trip walk is about 3.5 miles.  Some people opted for shorter walks by parking at one end or midway and carpooling.   There is also an option to walk south to the cemetery.

Walking through Albion’s History

One of the best parts of the Albion River Trail is the chance to see history and admire nature all in one fairly short hike.


New History Segment added in Holland Park

For the 2018 walk, an interactive history lesson was added in Holland Park.  Albion College professor Dr. Wesley Dick gave a talk about Albion’s history.  His talk mentioned the foundries, the great migration of black people to come work, and as a result, the need for educational facilities.  The education at West Ward School was first accepted gratefully, but then later the disparities became more evident and because some of the parents brought this to the attention of the school board and the state laws, Albion’s schools were integrated in 1953.

Watch an excerpt of the talk by clicking the image below.

 

The Albion River Trail is now part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. See the map about this part of the trail on this link:

http://www.northcountrytrail.org/cnd/coref_albion.html

See a brochure with information about the Albion River Trail on this link:
http://albionmich.net/albion-river-trail-brochure/
Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

See the official Albion Health Care Alliance event page here

http://www.albionhca.org/labor-day-walk-the-trai.html

 

Ride the River – 2018 Albion Community Bike Ride Program


The weather was surprisingly cooperative for the Albion Community Bike Program Launch on Monday, May 14, 2018. The next ride is Monday, May 28, 2018, for the Brewery Ride, starts from City Hall at 5:30 and will also tour the Albion River Trail and end up at a new destination in downtown Albion.

Future rides are scheduled for:

Monday, May 28, 2018,  Memorial Day – Brewery Day 5:30 pm – Meet at Albion City Hall

Saturday, June 9, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, June 23, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, July 7, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, July 21, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, August 4, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Saturday, August 18, 2018 Community Ride – 10:00 am – City Hall

Labor Day Walk the Trail – Albion Michigan 2017

Labor Day Walk the Trail Albion Michigan

Labor Day Walk the Trail Albion Michigan

The end of one season and the beginning of another is quickly approaching. This time of year thousands of people will be headed to our upper peninsula in anticipation of walking across the Mackinac Bridge. For those not participating in this annual walk, you are invited to share in Albion’s Labor Day Walk the Trail.

The Albion Health Care Alliance invited the community out on Monday, September 4, 2017, Labor Day, to walk the trail. The event took place at 10:00am until 11:00am. Participants were asked to meet at the beginning of the trail, just off Hannah Street in Victory Park, close to Victory for Kids playground area.

Everyone is welcome to attend and walk: families, Albion College faculty, staff, and students, youth and those young in heart from the community and surrounding areas. It is a fun event that celebrates the walking trail and the end of summer. The Albion River Trail is approximately 1.6 miles long. One can walk the length in one direction, and then return by the same route, or choose another one to your own liking; walking at your own pace.

The Albion River Trail is now part of the North Country National Scenic Trail. See the map about this part of the trail on this link:

http://www.northcountrytrail.org/cnd/coref_albion.html

See a brochure with information about the Albion River Trail on this link:
http://albionmich.net/albion-river-trail-brochure/
Motorized vehicles are not permitted.

River Trail Walk 2016

Time to walk the bridge on Labor Day! If you can’t make it to the Mackinac Bridge, come to Albion!

Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk 2016

The traditional Albion Labor Day River Trail Walk is sponsored by the Albion Health Care Alliance.  Everyone is invited.  Here is the official event page: albionhca.org/events.html

We are now including more options added for limited mobility and limited time walks.  At 10 a.m. on Labor Day (September 4, 2017)  please meet for a group photo by the Victory for Kids playground in Victory Park.  After that we will do the Labor Day Bridge Walk over the Albion foot bridge.  From there, some people had a car waiting on the other side of the bridge, others continued the walk on the Albion River Trail to Harris Field.  (1.5 miles)  Most people opt to walk back for the full walk of 3 miles.

Others had dropped off cars previously at Harris Field and carpooled back. In this way more people decided to customize the walk to their own schedule.  Fresh cold bottled water was supplied at the 2016 walk by Culligan Water in Albion.  It was a refreshing day, all around.

See the 2017 event on Facebook and invite your friends!