An estimated 100,000 people use the Birkie Trail system between Hayward and Cable each year.
Now, a project aims to make their experiences better year-round.
Attached to this story is an image of what the future Samuel C. Johnson Family Outdoor Center will look like.
The 4,000 square foot facility will be located at the halfway point of the Birkie Trail, three miles east of Seeley on Highway OO.
Last weekend, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site, and work is well underway.
Officials say the center will provide a year-round hub for people who come to the area for hiking, biking, running, and skiing.
“We are extremely grateful to the Samuel C. Johnson Family and the many generous donors who helped us to reach our capital campaign goals,” said Ben Popp, ABSF Executive Director in an official statement. “We’re humbled by the support of the Birkie community, by their sustained belief in what we do, and are thankful we can continue to make the Birkie lifestyle dreams a reality for generations to come.”
Popp says facility amenities will include a gathering hall, heated restrooms, changing rooms, and a waxing and bike repair room.