Hansen measure would rename Hart-Montague Trail

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LANSING—Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, introduced Senate Bill 154 Wednesday to rename the Hart-Montague Trail to honor the legacy of the late William Field of Shelby.

The bill would rename the trail the “William Field Memorial Hart-Montague Trail.”

Field was instrumental in the creation of the Hart-Montague Trail. After the rail service ended in Oceana County in 1981, he saw an opportunity to create a recreational trail for the community by donating to the state of Michigan land valued at approximately $225,000.

“Introducing this legislation is our way of honoring Mr. Field’s generous gift,” said Hansen. “The trail’s name should be a constant reminder of Bill’s selfless act on behalf of his beloved West Michigan.”

The Hart-Montague trail became the first paved rail-trail in Michigan in the spring of 1989. The trail runs 22 miles from the city of Hart south to the city of Montague.

Field was a lifelong resident of Oceana County and died on Dec. 30, 2005. He was recognized in 1998 by the Detroit News as a “Michiganian of the Year” for his efforts in establishing the Hart-Montague Trail.

“Bill’s passion and dedication to our community will now be a lasting legacy for all who use this popular rail-trail,” Hansen said. “It is with extreme pride that we seek to rename this trail in his honor.”

SB 154 is awaiting consideration by the Senate Committee on Outdoor Recreation and Tourism.

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