Part of the Fayette Volga River Multiuse Trail, which will be celebrated in a Trail Mixer on Wednesday, April 23. At left is the boardwalk, two miles into the trail.
FAYETTE, Iowa (April 11, 2014) – Upper Iowa University will celebrate the 2.5-mile recreational trail, which is nearing completion in Fayette, during a Trail Mixer from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. April 23, starting in Cardinal Park.
Free lunch, courtesy of ARAMARK, will be served in the park at 12:30 following by unveiling of the trail that goes from Fayette to the Volga River State Recreation Area. The event is hosted by UIU and the city of Fayette. Partners in the trail include Volga River State Recreation Area, Fayette County Conservation and the Iowa Department of Transportation.
"We still have work to do to complete the trail, but we invite the community to join us in celebrating our progress and to begin enjoying this new recreational opportunity," said Andrew Wenthe, UIU vice president for external affairs and Fayette mayor. "We see completion of this project as supporting economic development of the area because it will provide 80,000 annual visitors to the Recreation Area with direct and easier access to the stores and businesses in the city of Fayette; and the view from the top is incredible."
In 2012, UIU and the City of Fayette received $700,000 for the Fayette Volga River Multiuse Trail from the Iowa Transportation Commission for the trail extension. The grant was awarded as part of the State Recreational Trails Program, which was created in 1988 to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both motorized and non-motorized trail users. The University, the city of Fayette, and private donors also provided matching funds to support the trail project.
"We are still trying to raise additional money through grants and donations so that we can enhance the trail," Wenthe said. "We want to pave the final half mile of trail, install a picnic area at the highest point, and post educational signage about the many different ecosystems that thrive along the trail."
To encourage the Fayette community, UIU faculty, staff and students to experience the trail, participants will earn a prize entry for completing the "Holy Hills Challenge," and a Grand Prize entry upon arrival at the Boardwalk, two miles into the trail. All types of trail activities are encouraged. UIU Outdoor Pursuits is available for free bike and helmet rentals from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The April 23 Trail Mixer will be held in conjunction with UIU's annual Fayette Appreciation Day. The rain date is April 30.
Individuals or businesses interested in donating to the trail or learning about naming opportunities should call Wenthe at 563-425-5348 or visit www.uiu.edu/economicdevelopment/trailmixer.html
About Upper Iowa University Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, not-for-profit university providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 6,200 students – nationally and internationally – at its Fayette campus and learning centers worldwide. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including online and self-paced degree program. With a focus on developing leaders and lifelong learners, UIU provides dual enrollment programs for high school students as well as continuing education and professional development opportunities for learners of any age. For more information, visit www.uiu.edu.
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