Wednesday, August 17, 2016
ANOTHER GREENWAY TRAIL COMPLETED Edson Fichter Nature Trail Now Paved July 29, 2016 (Pocatello, ID) –- Construction on yet another new Greenway trail in Pocatello is complete. A second smaller connector piece is close to being finished as well. The Greenway Foundation invites the entire community down to the Edson Fichter Nature Area to see the newly paved ADA compliant trail, a ribbon cutting and a brief dedication, Wednesday, August 17th, at 5:30 pm. “We’re thrilled construction is complete at the Edson Ficther pond and would like to thank Liddil Paving, the work and cooperation of Idaho Fish and Game, and those community members that helped make this trail a reality. Our community can now enjoy this fantastic amenity even more, with the paved trail around the pond and by the river,” said Rory Erchul, President of the Greenway’s Board of Directors. “At the same time, we’re completing a small piece that will connect the Iron Eagle subdivision to the South Valley Connector trail that was finished last year.” The Portneuf Greenway Foundation has been very busy in recent years. Along with approximately 200 community members, the Greenway recently dedicated the Bill and Ross Parrish Trail connecting the Highland area to the Wellness Complex. Trail on and around the South Valley Connector was completed along with the connector project and open to pedestrians last December. A new trail has been cut-in around the Farm Bureau building along the I-15 corridor. To complete trail from Farm Bureau to Monte Vista, a grant has been awarded for almost $200,000 through the Idaho Parks and Recreation Department Recreational Trails program and the Greenway has been recommended for an additional $440,000 in funding through the Transportation Alternatives Program. As well, planning has begun for a trail system from the Portneuf Medical Center to East Terry Street. “A growing Greenway trail system is a quality of life issue for any community. Greenways provide free recreation and bring families and neighbors closer together. They attract businesses and are economic drivers, as well as provide citizens with an alternative, safe means of transportation,” continued Erchul. “In the last several years, we’ll have built, or will build, approximately $750,000 worth of Greenway Trail in our area and with other pending grants, we’ll do even more. The Greenway is very alive!” In 2014, the Greenway Foundation revamped its plans, refocused its efforts and cut its budget by over 80%. Being able to accomplish so much with volunteers is due to a number of dedicated and enthusiastic board members, key corporate and civic partnerships, the continued financial assistance of its membership, and tapping into large grant opportunities. The vast majority of donations and membership dollars go directly to the Greenway mission of laying down completed asphalt trail. Erchul continued, “I’m so proud of our board, volunteers and community for rallying around this initiative. We’ve been successful in re-engaged vital community partners. We’re moving the Greenway forward, completing trails and projects where we have easements and cooperating land owners, and keeping positive momentum going from recent successes like the Wellness Complex. We owe it to this community and all those that have given the Greenway their time and money in the past to successfully continue this mission. Being the recipients of approximately three-quarters of a million dollars for trails is no easy feat and certainly worth celebrating.” The mission of the Portneuf Greenway Foundation is to create a network of bicycle and pedestrian trails throughout the greater Pocatello area to enhance the quality of life for residents of the area by establishing and improving the Portneuf Greenway as a community resource. The foundation is a 503c organization established in 1992 and is governed by a volunteer board of directors and receives no direct funding from the City of Pocatello or Chubbuck for public facilities. Development of the Portneuf Greenway is guided by the Portneuf Greenway Master Plan and a supporting Capital Investment Plan. Though the Greenway Foundation focused on establishing trails along the Portneuf River initially, the broader vision is to connect a comprehensive trail system throughout the Pocatello and Chubbuck communities.