Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County / KRVT Downtown Connector

The Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (KRVT), which saw its first groundbreaking in 1998, began as a vision of the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County and the Kalamazoo community. KRVT currently boasts 22 miles of beautiful and safe paved trails. Kalamazoo residents have demonstrated their love of the trail, and with each year trail use increases. In 2016, the trail saw more than 260,000 users walking, bicycling, exploring nature, commuting to work, and/or utilizing the trail as part of their exercise regimen. KRVT is proving to be a popular landmark for everyone.

Recently, community interest has grown around extending the KRVT through downtown Kalamazoo, affording users a safe and enjoyable connection to the restaurants, breweries, festival sites, campuses, and shops that make downtown fun and unique. The proposed route — determined by planning and engineering teams, stakeholders, community members and partners — ensures a safe and successful connection. Construction for the KRVT Downtown Connector has already begun, and projected completion is expected in the spring of 2018.

To learn more and to receive updates on the growing trail, please visit