Since the voter approval of the Ingham County Trails and Parks Millage in November 2014, the City of East Lansing has been awarded more than $2.5 million in millage funds for improvements to the Northern Tier Trail and bridges located along the trail. Close to 70 percent of voters in East Lansing approved the millage, demonstrating a tremendous amount of local support for improvements to outdoor recreational amenities in the local community.
In 2017, the City of East Lansing received seven Ingham County Trails and Park Millage grants totaling $1,526,089 to repair/replace six pedestrian bridges along the Northern Tier Trail and make surface improvements along the portion of the trail located in Ingham County.
In 2017, the City of East Lansing received a $469,000 Ingham County Trails and Parks Millage grant for the White Park Trail Extension & Natural Features Project. The City also received a $300,000 Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant for the project. Project features include an extension of the Northern Tier Trail through Albert A. White Memorial Park and improvements to the park's natural areas.
In 2020, new 1/4-mile markers, directional signage and trailhead maps were installed along the Northern Tier Trail with support from the Ingham County Trails and Parks Millage. A total of 38 signs were installed at no cost to the City of East Lansing.