Founders’ Terrace Opens at Packy Offield Trail Center

Press Release

The Top of Michigan Trails Council (TOMTC) recently completed a major upgrade at its Packy Offield Trails Center, 1687 M-119, Petoskey.

Known as the Founders’ Terrace, the project was developed by Lisa Huffman Loyd, the daughter of Huffy and Jane Huffman, who 26 years ago, were two of the original founders and supporters of TOMTC. 

“I wanted to celebrate the forethought of my parents and many others who worked so diligently to create this wonderful asset for our community,” said Loyd, a Petoskey resident. “Since we began the targeted fundraising campaign in January, my husband, Ric, and I have been overwhelmed by the support of those who knew my parents, and those who love these trails.”

According to TOMTC Executive Director Brent Bolin, trail use has exploded since the pandemic, resulting in a major influx of visitors to the Trails Center. However, Bolin said outside of the center’s small interior visitors lobby, there was no place for trail users to stop and relax.

Loyd, who led a Trails Council committee that brainstormed a solution, also headed up the fundraising efforts.

Working with the families of founding TOMTC members and other core supporters, Loyd was able to secure funds for the Founders’ Terrace, a well-appointed outdoor space open to the public for picnics, rest breaks, etc. The area features bike racks, tables and chairs, interpretative signage, a seasonal trailside volunteer station, new trees, enhanced landscaping, a private meeting space, and more.

“The Founders’ Terrace is a nice addition to the Trails Center, especially for trail users. It represents a great plan coming together,” Bolin said. “The interpretative signage will allow visitors to learn more about TOMTC and trails they might use for their next adventures. The beauty of the area has been enhanced, and the amenities are increasing. For residents and visitors alike this gift to our community is very appealing and inviting. We hope everyone enjoys it.”

The Trails Council worked with landscape architect Don Leary to develop the design concept. Loyd said Leary’s knowledge and expertise were invaluable as he provided several iterations of the design and even helped select appropriate materials.

Kimble & Kimble, a Harbor Springs architecture and interiors firm, formalized the plans and Ironwood Construction of Petoskey carried out the building of the Founders’ Terrace. 

“This new beauty spot is for all to enjoy,” Loyd said at a recent grand opening event. “It has been our great pleasure, along with our children, my brothers and their children, to help make this dream of ours come true. May it be used for rest and revitalization, for learning more about the great trail opportunities available, and for the showcasing of this wonderful organization.”