Recreation trails in the Fox Valley enter “golden age”
Community Foundation President and CEO Curt Detjen is among the speakers for Fox Cities Greenway’s annual meeting on January 23.
Detjen will talk about work the Community Foundation is doing in cooperation with Fox Cities Greenways and East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission for better coordination among area municipalities in expanding and promoting recreation trails for walkers, runners, bicyclists and nature lovers.
Other speakers include Walt Rugland, son of Community Foundation founder Walter L. Rugland, talking about the Imagine Fox Cities effort he co-chairs; Greenways founder Sue Kinde; and Pam Seidl, executive director of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Detjen says research suggests the Fox Cities are entering a “golden age of recreation trails” that will serve to improve the quality of life for residents and attract new people to work and live here.
A $650,000 grant from the David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund within the Community Foundation is helping Little Chute and Kaukauna to build a $3.9 million pedestrian and bicycle bridge across the Fox River to connect trail systems in the two communities and the Community Foundation recently awarded $9,900 to improve safety and fill a gap in the 50-mile Paper Trail around the Fox Cities for the Province Terrace Trail.
Fox Cities Greenway’s annual meeting is on January 23 at 5 p.m. at Riverview Gardens.
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