Downtown Greenway

Parks & Recreation


Downtown Greenway Corridor Phase 1 is between MacDonald Drive and Bay Street. In 2018, Phase 2 will develop the corridor between Emmet and Mitchell Street, connecting to downtown businesses. Improvements within the Greenway Corridor portion of the project include a 10' wide concrete path, trail head parking, road crossings, benches, and interpretive signage. All improvements will be of universally accessible design.

In addition to serving Petoskey's resident population, the Downtown Greenway will help support the City's goal of offering additional recreational amenities and non-motorized trails for City residents that connect neighborhoods together. The North Segment connects the 26-mile long Little Traverse Wheelway and adjacent neighborhoods with the retail, commercial, recreational, and cultural assets of downtown Petoskey.

The City has a long history of involvement with the greenway corridor. Although the former rail corridor through the heart of downtown was owned by MDOT until March of 2011, the City has maintained the right-of-way for many years so that it appropriately reflects the character and quality of its downtown. The City began negotiations with MDOT approximately 25 years ago to purchase 1.17-miles of former Penn Central Railroad right-of-way.