GREENVILLE — A thermometer dipped into the waters of Baldwin Lake this week and read a chilly 58 degrees, but that won’t stop the hundreds of athletes gearing up for next month’s Tri-Greenville Triathlon.
The Greenville City Council took another step forward in paving the way for the triathlon, now in its second year.
On Tuesday, the council approved several road closings during the event, which scheduled for May 31. A list of the closures is as follows:
• Closed from noon on May 30 to 3 p.m. on May 31: W. Baldwin Lake Drive from Mills Park to the west city limits. This includes Baldwin Lake Beach.
• Closed from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 31: Baldwin Street from South Street to Merritt Drive, Manoka Lake Boulevard from Merrit Drive to E. Baldwin Lake Drive, W. Baldwin Lake
Drive from Marvel to Mills Park, E. Baldwin Lake Drive from Marvel to west city limit, Marvel Drive from South Street to W. Baldwin Lake Drive, Mills Park Drive from W. Baldwin Lake Drive to Pine Drive, Pine Drive from W. Baldwin Lake Drive to Mills Park, Como Lake Drive from E. Baldwin Lake Drive to end of the street and the Frederick Meijer Flat River Trail between Baldwin Street and Lafayette Street.
Baldwin Lake will also be closed during the event, said City Engineer Doug Hinken, who is co-director of Tri-Greenville. Officials will provide a shuttle to nearby vehicles to homeowners wishing to leave their homes during the event.
With nearly 300 athletes competing in last year’s Tri Greenville triathlon and now a three-year sponsorship commitment from two area businesses, the future is bright for the event.
Spectrum’s United and Kelsey hospitals and Chemical Bank are teaming up as co-sponsors for this year’s triathlon. Each business has signed on to a three-year deal, promising $5,000 per year each through 2016.
Organizers expect this year’s numbers to reach the maximum number of participants the event can support, which is 400 athletes.
“I look forward to another very successful event,” Mayor John Hoppough said.
YELLOW JACKET CHALLENGE
The council also approved closing several streets for the Yellow Jacket Challenge, which is scheduled for Sunday.
Accommodating for a new route this year, the following roads will be closed from noon to 3 p.m.: Yellow Jacket Drive from Greenville West Drive to Hillcrest Street, Blackburn Street from the Greenville Middle School parking lot to Hillcrest Street, northbound lanes of Hillcrest Street north of Blackburn Street to Greenville West Drive, southbound lane of Franklin Street from the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail to Montcalm Street, westbound lane of Montcalm Street between Franklin and Hillcrest streets, one southbound lane of Hillcrest Street between Montcalm Street and Yellow Jacket Drive and a portion of the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail from Hillcrest to Franklin streets.
The new 5K route will start behind Greenville Middle School and work its way along the Fred Meijer Flat River Trail, through residential neighborhoods, by Montcalm Community College’s campus and through the Greenville High School athletic complex. The course ends through the tunnel of Legacy Field.
The route will also travel along newly built Yellow Jacket Drive.
“What a nice use of the new street,” City Manager George Bosanic noted.
In yet another set of street closures for a downtown event, the council approved the following list of closures for the Greenville Car Show, which scheduled for Aug. 2.
The following roads will be closed from 5 to 8:30 p.m.: M-91 from Washington Street to Montcalm Street, Cass Street from Franklin Street to Clay Street and Grove Street from Franklin Street to Clay Street.