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 Kristen Myers poses with members of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission after receiving a commemorative  pewter Paint Creek Trail spike in a display box for her many years of service to the trail.

Kristen Myers poses with members of the Paint Creek Trailways Commission after receiving a commemorative pewter Paint Creek Trail spike in a display box for her many years of service to the trail.

Photo provided by the Paint Creek Trailways Commission


Former Paint Creek Trail manager honored

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published March 4, 2020

ROCHESTER — After serving more than 15 years as the manager of the Paint Creek Trail, Kristen Myers was recently recognized for her service.

The Paint Creek Trailways Commission honored the former trail manager — who left her longtime post for a job with the Six Rivers Land Conservancy in October — with a proclamation and a commemorative pewter Paint Creek Trail spike in a display box.

Paint Creek Trailways Commission Chairman Rock Blanchard said he was on the hiring committee when Myers was selected as the manager of the trail, and he was the chairman of the commission for much of the time she served.

“She is an extremely dedicated professional, and the Paint Creek Trail and the communities it serves were fortunate to have her,” he said in a statement.

In addition to her many years as trail manager, Myers served as the trail administrative assistant from 2000 to 2003 and was a trailways commissioner representing the city of Rochester Hills from 1997 to 2000.

She served as the staff liaison for five local communities and regional government agencies, and produced and implemented two Paint Creek Trail recreation master plans that officials said enhanced grant applications, funding and project management, raising over $750,000.

During its Jan. 27 meeting, the Rochester City Council also recognized Myers for her years of service.

Myers said it was a “wonderful surprise” to be contacted and that she feels truly honored to be recognized.

“I’m not usually very comfortable with this kind of thing, because I had a job that I loved very much. … It was just an honor to work with all the communities,” she said.

“One of the hardest things about leaving my position and going to work for Six Rivers Land Conservancy is not being able to see everybody that I worked with in the city of Rochester, Rochester Hills, and Oakland and Orion townships, because the people are so professional, we got so many things done, and the City Council is always very supportive of the trail,” she said. “The trail is just such a gem in the community, so I’ve gotta say, it was kind of an easy job on that hand, because it’s the trail and it brings in 100,000 people a year.”

Owned and managed by the Paint Creek Trailways Commission, the Paint Creek Trail is an 8.9-mile linear park that travels through Rochester, Rochester Hills, Oakland Township, Orion Township and Lake Orion. The trail was the first nonmotorized rail-trail in Michigan. The Detroit-Bay City Railroad Co. — later known as the Michigan Central Railroad Co. and later still as the Penn Central Transportation Co. — abandoned the railroad line in the 1970s and filed for bankruptcy.

The trail, which opened to the public in 1983, is now part of a regional rail-trail included in the Iron Belle Trail, which is planned as a statewide hiking and bicycling trail stretching from Belle Isle Park in Detroit to Ironwood in the western Upper Peninsula. The Paint Creek Trail receives over 100,000 visitors annually.

For more information, visit www.paintcreektrail.org or call (248) 651-9260.