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Local water trail receives recognition from National Park Service

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A local water trail has received special recognition from the National Park Service.

The Cass River is being polished thanks to a designation from the National Park Service. The park service recently approved an assistance grant for the Cass River Greenway.

There are less than 20 similar water trails across the nation and only one other in Michigan. That's the Huron River Trail which runs through Ann Arbor.

The Cass River Greenway Group started developing the river about 10 years ago.

"It started with a few old timers getting together and asking ourselves what can we do to make the river a more valuable asset to the communities, to the residents in the area and take better advantage of a resource that we felt was under-utilized," said Bob Zeilinger, with the Cass River Greenway.

The completion of the Cass River Greenway should help cement the bonds of the communities that are located along the river.

The launches are key to people enjoying the river. More people are getting into kayaking and they're taking advantage of launches like the one in Bridgeport.

It could take a couple years before the project is completed, but organizers said once it's finished people will love it.

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