Tridge Renovation

The Tridge is truly a symbol of Midland’s ability to come together to build a unique community asset.  Since 1981, the Tridge has provided Midland with a functional and creative way to cross the junction of the Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers. In 1980, construction of the Tridge started amidst a community-wide effort in fund raising that included local citizens, businesses and foundations. Over 800 people rallied together to raise the more than $750,000 needed to complete the distinctive structure. In 1981 the Tridge was dedicated and became a symbol of our community.

Now, 29 years later, the Tridge needs a bit of renovation and the Midland Area Community Foundation is once again stepping up to request that the community, businesses and local foundations come together to make this happen. With a new railing system, a lighting upgrade, staining and landscaping, the Tridge will be refreshed. Work starts after Labor Day and will be complete by late spring of 2011.  Just in time for the Tridge’s 30th Birthday.

The Midland Area Community Foundation has opened a fund specifically to support the renovation project. The Tridge Renovation Project Fund will support the project and allow people to contribute directly to the work. $372,000.00 needs to be raised to complete the improvements.  It is hoped that individual community members will raise $100,000.00 and that fundraising will be complete by the end of 2010.

The Midland Area Community Foundation is pleased to offer a match of up to $30,000 between September 6, 2010 and September 17, 2010.  Individuals who contribute to the Tridge Renovation Project Fund between September 6, 2010 and September 17, 2010 will double the impact of their contribution. For example, if a person contributed $100.00 to the fund, the Foundation would also contribute $100.00, bringing the total to $200.00.

Now is the time to demonstrate our commitment to our community by renovating this incredible structure. “We know our community came together to create this iconic structure and we hope they will support this improvement”, said Jan McGuire, President and CEO of the Midland Area Community Foundation. “We celebrate so much of Midland near the Tridge from the Farmer’s Market to the Tridge Walk to RIVERDAYS; it is truly an integral part of our City.  We’re looking forward to celebrating it’s 30th Birthday next year after the renovations have been completed.”