The DCTB planned to host another fun evening of celebrating and fundraising for our trails in July but unfortunately, due to coronavirus concerns, we decided it is best to forego a large gathering at this time. In lieu of an in person event, we are holding a virtual summer fundraiser that coincides with the Okoboji Foundation’s $5,000 July Nonprofit Challenge. We will continue to receive sponsorships and donations like past fundraisers with the hope of having a Bikes – Brews – Bikes Thank You Party in September.
Gifts of any size and form are accepted online at www.GiveOkoboji.com or can be given directly through the Okoboji Foundation or Dickinson County Trails. The fund with the highest giving total over $5,000 in July receives an additional $5,000 from the Okoboji Foundation. Please consider giving to the Dickinson County Trails Endowment Fund during July to help the trails win. For additional information visit www.okobojifoundation.org or www.dickinsoncountytrails.com .
TRAIL PROJECTS UNDERWAY
A lot of work has been going on around the trail system through the last two months. Over four miles of trail were given new asphalt surface overlays this spring. The Spine Trail overlay is close to being completed with nine new curb ramps installed for ADA compliance and crews are busy dressing up the shoulders with back fill and seeding. Additional maintenance work resolved drainage issues along three key locations of the West Okoboji Trail and the contractor has moved over to Lake Park to install water management along the Silver Lake Trail.
The 155th Street Trail by the north harbor tunnel is complete and the Emerson Bay Trail is well underway. Crews have also started prep work on the North Bay Trail that will replace a street route along the north side of West Lake Okoboji. Tatonka Ska Trace Phase II is now complete and open. This segment starts at Peoria Avenue by Hy-Vee and runs 1 mile west to Hudson Avenue. It is a beautiful trail route that is worth checking out. In addition, the DCTB looks forward to constructing nearly three more miles of the rail trail to Highway 86 this summer and fall.
We have been fortunate to have great weather to get all of this work done and to enjoy our wonderful trails system. Bicycles are cruising out the doors of local bike shops and it is great to see so many people discovering the wonderful world of biking and our beautiful trails. The DCTB wishes everyone a fantastic Fourth of July and we hope you get the opportunity to explore some new trail routes over the holiday.
As always, Happy Trails to You and Yours.
Erin Reed, Executive Director