MEMORIAL TRAIL BENCHES
Seven new trail benches were placed earlier this summer and there are couple more on order to be installed later this year. DCTB also continues to replace old wood benches that are beyond repair due to maintenance and safety concerns. The bench program is a fundraiser for the trails and offers an opportunity for trail users to remember family and friends along with providing the trail with rest areas. Now is the time to let us know if you are interested in replacing or getting a new bench this year to honor someone in your life. To get more information and the Bench Program form please visit www.dickinsoncountytrails.com/donate.
2019 TRAIL PROJECTS
DCTB has two new trail segments coming up this summer that include construction of the Jones Pasture Trail that will begin in mid-August. The trail will be an extension of the Iowa Great Lakes Spine Trail along the northeast side of Big Spirit Lake. The second project will be the next phase of the rail trail Tatonka Ska Trace and includes a one-mile extension of the trail from Hy-Vee at Peoria Avenue continuing west to Hudson Avenue where it will outlet onto 15th Street. Work on that segment will begin after Labor Day.
$5,000 JULY NONPROFIT CHALLENGE
There is still time to donate to Dickinson County Trails during the $5,000 July Nonprofit Challenge at GiveOkoboji.com. The fund with the highest giving total over $5,000 in July receives an additional $5,000 from the Okoboji Foundation. Gifts of any size and form are accepted online or at the Okoboji Foundation. For additional information contact the Okoboji Foundation at (712) 332-7177, visit www.okobojifoundation.org or email email@example.com.
UPCOMING TRAIL & BIKE EVENTS
BIKES – BREWS – BITES: The Dickinson County Trails fundraiser will be held this Saturday, July 27 at the Okoboji Brewing Co. There will be a variety of brews, wine and a bourbon tasting. Farm to Fork is providing a fantastic menu with live music both in and
outside of the brewery. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are available through DCTB’s website and Facebook pages. For more information visit www.dickinsoncountytrails.com.
Sportsman’s Annual Tiki Bicycle Ride: Saturday, August 3, Riders of all ages can enjoy 16, 24 and 40-mile routes with prizes and games along the way. The ride includes a shirt, gift bag and lunch at Sportsman’s with live entertainment during lunch and after the ride. There will be many prizes, games and fun surprises along the route and riders will receive a raffle
entry at each of the sponsored stops. Proceeds from the ride will support Dickinson County Trails. More information on the ride is available at Sportsman’s Facebook site.
28th annual u of O oktoberfest bike ride: Saturday, September 28, Enjoy this fun bike ride along the scenic trails and lakeside roads of the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Registration includes a wristband to receive food and drink deals throughout the area, drink tickets and a long sleeve
t-shirt. There are a number of optional pit stops along the route and then return to the Arnolds Park greenspace for additional games,
activities, live entertainment, food and beer. For event information and ride registration visit www.okobojioktoberfest.com.
As always, Happy Trails to You and Yours.
Erin Reed, DCTB Executive Director