AMES, Iowa – Nov. 26, 2013 – One Iowa trails enthusiast and one Iowa trail were recently recognized at the 2013 Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference in Matteson, Ill. The Iowa Department of Transportation was a sponsor for the event.
This was the sixth MATAG regional conference hosted by Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The conference featured educational sessions and mobile workshops that brought together professionals and advocates from the region and nation. As part of the activities, each state was asked to submit an award nomination to recognize both a person and a project with significant impact on trails in its state. Iowa received awards for the following.
Chuck Offenburger, Raccoon River Valley Trail Association Board
Offenburger is a member of the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) Association Board and was instrumental in creating the association in 2006. The RRVT has become a popular destination trail in Iowa through his efforts and those of the association to organize festivals, plan rides, install signage and trail art, organize ambassador groups, and host economic summits. With the recent completion of the interior loop, the RRVT is now 89 miles in length and is the longest paved loop trail in the nation. Offenburger's enthusiasm, visionary leadership, and creative writing style on the trail's website (www.raccoonrivervalleytrail.org) have all contributed to the popularity of trail riding in Iowa and economic growth in the communities along the RRVT.
Fairfield Loop Trail, city of Fairfield
The recently completed 16-mile Fairfield Loop Trail was built one segment at a time to circle the city of Fairfield. In 2009, two major segments were completed, the Iowa DOT-South segment built by the Iowa DOT that parallels a new U.S. 34 bypass and the Bill Matkin Memorial Bridge that allows safe passage for trail users over busy Iowa 1. The Loop Trail begins and ends next to the historic Maasdam Barns, which was recently renovated to a popular museum and visitor center. With more than a decade of volunteerism, the Jefferson County Trails Council and many community volunteers made this trail vision a reality with a bold and ambitious plan for a small rural community.
Contact: Yvonne Diller at 515-239-1252 or firstname.lastname@example.org.