Improvements Planned for Mike on a Bike Trail
By Joe Morey
ARPA Coordinator Brian Bisonette reported at a recent Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board (TGB) meeting that some improvements to the Mike on a Bike Trail between Round Lake School Road and the Sevenwinds Casino are scheduled to take place.
Bisonette said the LCO Health Center, which is currently constructing their new facility behind the casino and along the Hwy K entrance to the trail, has some extra money and has plans to add some benches, trash cans and some solar lights along the segment of the trail.
Nearly three years ago in October of 2020, the Tribe’s Transportation Director at the time, Marie Kuykendall, had come before the TGB requesting these improvements, along with solar-powered cell phone chargers and some pet-clean up bags along the trail, to name a few. The improvement requests were well received by the TGB at the time.
Bisonette added that there is also a plan to build a paved biking and walking trail from the current trail over to the ball fields and playground.
LCO TGB member Michelle Beaudin said all these improvements are good at this time because there will soon be even more traffic on the trail when the new 40-unit apartment building is completed at the junction of the trail with Round Lake School Road.
The trail continues from that junction all the way to the LCO Ojibwe School.
“Lots of people will be using the trail as it’s walking distance from the apartments over to the casino and convenience store,” Beaudin stated.
Bisonette said that as long as there isn’t too heavy of snowfalls this winter, LCO Conservation plans to keep the trail plowed.