“A trail in good repair after a hundred years has obviously been greatly valued by humans as a much needed route for trade, transportation, recreation, or pilgrimage.”
~ STEPHEN ALTSCHULER, The Mindful Hiker: On the Trail to Find a Path, 2004 ~
The 2019 trails fundraiser was a big success thanks to everyone that supported and sponsored the event! Congratulations to Bill West for winning the raffle of an E-bike donated by Okoboji Expedition Company. Matching funds were raised for the construction of two new trail segments this fall. We extend our gratitude to the following businesses that helped make the evening possible, Okoboji Brewing Company, Farm to Fork, Buffalo Trace, Okoboji Wines and Okoboji Expedition Company. I would also like to share my appreciation for our fundraising team that put so much effort into planning and preparing for this fun event. Moreover, we want thank all of the sponsors that supported our fundraiser who are key in helping us continue our mission of making the Iowa Great Lakes a premier biking destination.
A special thank you to Iowa Great Lakes Rotary members Paula Zenor, Amy Marlow, Mary Skopec, Michelle Schwartz-Webb, Peggy Gustafson and Kathy Fahy for their incredible help managing tickets and entry.
Maintenance projects will be getting started after Labor Day at various trail locations. The work will include an asphalt overlay of the Nature Center-Kenue Park Trail starting at 175th Street in Okoboji and going west to the Nature Center. The Spine Trail along Kiwanis Park and 20th Street in Spirit Lake will be getting an overlay and curb ramp improvements as well. There will also be surface preservation performed on the Spine Trail from Highway 71 in Okoboji going north to Kiwanis Park in Spirit Lake. This work will involve crack sealing and an asphalt fog seal to refresh and preserve the surface of the pavement. In addition, the Spine Trail along the east side of Big Spirit Lake will have crack leveling work done in preparation of an overlay next year.
Notification of trail closures will be posted on our website, Facebook and DickinsonA!ert. Sign up to get alerts from the Dickinson County Trails Board delivered to your cell phone via text message by texting DCTRAILS to 69310 or visit www.dcem.us .
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.
3rd ANNUAL FAMILY GLOW WALK: Saturday, October 5 – Enjoy a fall evening outdoors with the family. Wear glow gear and
participate in fun glowing activities along the way! Visit www.dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com as the event approaches to learn how to register.
As always, Happy Trails to You and Yours.
Erin Reed, DCTB Executive Director