A community meeting will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Quarterdeck Boathouse Event Center to update residents on Gull Lake Trail Phase 3: Fairview Township progress.

Presenters will also discuss the matching grant and provide information on the fund available to accept donations through the Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation.

Karl Samp, Brainerd Lakes Area Community Foundation executive director, will be on hand to give a brief presentation about the opportunity to donate money or appreciated assets for tax advantages to support the trail. Beverages and appetizers will be served, hosted by the Fairview Trail Advisory Committee.

The Fairview Board of Supervisors approved plans last winter to move forward on designing and constructing Gull Lake Trail Phase 3: Fairview Township. The trail will be paved, 10 feet wide, multi-use and follow County Highway 77 for 7.8 miles, connecting the trails in East Gull Lake to the trail being built in Lake Shore. It will offer residents, guests and visitors a safe place to walk, bike, run, in-line skate and roller-ski with access to resorts, restaurants and area golf courses. It also provides access to other attractions such as the Brainerd Zipline Tour at Mount Ski Gull and the Lakeshore Conservation Club.

Nisswa, Nisswa Lake Park and the Paul Bunyan State Trail will also be connected to the west side of Gull Lake via the trail once Lake Shore and Nisswa complete their road and trail projects. A total of 21 miles of trails will be completed when all phases of the Gull Lake Trail Master Plan are constructed in East Gull Lake, Fairview Township, Lake Shore and Nisswa.

A variety of funds for the project were acquired. Fairview Township earmarked money for planning, design and engineering in a Community Project Fund. The Initiative Foundation provided $2,500 through their Innovation Fund Grant program. Cass County Fund 73 monies and private donations were also received.

Madden's Resort on Gull Lake issued a matching grant opportunity for residents and proponents of the Gull Lake Trail Phase 3: Fairview Township. They will match up to $5,000 for donations received through Dec. 31 to be used for building the trail.

Applications for state and federal grants are in progress to the Greater Minnesota Regional Parks & Trails Commission and the Transportation Alternatives program. Grant applications require a certain percentage of matching funds be in place as criteria for awarding grants. Fairview Township is looking to the community to assist in raising money for these matching funds.

For more information, please contact Marla Yoho, Fairview Township clerk at 218-825-9322.