Green Lake Magazine Green Lake Magazine 2012 - Page 61 | 61 Green Lake Greenways is a nonprofit volunteer citizens advocacy organi- zation, which began in 2008. The organizations mission is to facilitate the development of a regional network of trails and greenways to preserve the natural beauty of the area, and pro- vide safe recreation and transportation opportunities for people throughout the Green Lake Region. In its commitment to community edu- cation, Green Lake Greenways found- ed and continues to take an active role in community projects such as The Walking School Bus Program, Bike to School Day, and Bicycle Safety Training. Greenways is also leading the way in fundraising for the first ever multi- use path in Green Lake County, but additional funds are needed. The first phase of the 10-foot-wide paved path is located in the State Highway 23 corridor connecting the Green Lake Conference Center and the City of Green Lake. Future phases of the path project will connect the communities of Green Lake, Ripon, and Berlin. Phase one of the project will be com- pleted in 2012. The Mascoutin Valley State Trail has been an ongoing renovation project for Greenways. The trail, which is located between the cities of Ripon and Berlin on a former railroad corridor, allows a >iʜvi̜iݫiiViʘ>i firsthand. The 12-mile trail, with its newly laid limestone bed, welcomes riders and walkers to the serenity and safety that trails can provide.As part of the ongoing fundraising efforts and community education, Green Lake Greenways started The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride. Enjoy a beautiful day biking the quiet, scenic rural roads. The Green Lake Region has gained a reputation for }i>L}iݫiiVið/ii are filled with small farms, abundant wildlife, and great birding opportuni- ties. One route includes a small-town flea market well known in the region for great finds. /ii܈ʜvviÈi varying in length from 862 miles. Some of the same great routes people >iiݫiiViʈ̅iʫ>܈̅ some new additions. New this year will be a route with a distance of eight miles with the option to make the loop 12 miles.The Gear Up Green Lake Fundraiser Ride starts and ends in the City of Green Lake on Saturday, June 30. Registration is 7:00 a.m.8:30 a.m., and the fee is $25 for pre-registrants, $30 if registering day of the ride, and $12 for children 16 and under. The ride includes route map; rest stops with goodies and restrooms; lunch, prepared this year by the Green Lake Rotary; and t-shirts commemorating the 2012 ride (while supplies last).We invite you to visit the Green Lake region, support a great cause, and enjoy the natural beauty the area has to offer. Visit for additional information. Lauree Renaud is President of Green Lake Greenways. Photographs provided by Green Lake Greenways. GEAR UP GREEN LAKE FUNDRAISER RIDE BY LAUREE RENAUD