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Large Crowd Attends Grand Opening Ceremony

Posted: Monday, July 2nd, 2012 at 6:30 am
Author: KCII News - Bill Gatchel
 
Trail walk/ride registration in AinsworthTrail walk/ride registration in Ainsworth

The heat Saturday evening didn’t stop a large number of people from taking part in the Ainsworth to Marr Park Trail Grand Opening celebration.  

Trail walk/ride in AinsworthTrail walk/ride in Ainsworth
Trail walk/ride in AinsworthTrail walk/ride in Ainsworth
Trail walk/ride in Marr ParkTrail walk/ride in Marr Park

Craig Capps with the Conservation Board says approximately 500 people were in attendance.  He adds positive comments were received from those that walked and rode their bikes on the trail from Ainsworth.

Bicycle helmets from Washington County Public HealthBicycle helmets from Washington County Public Health
Ribbon Cutting CeremonyRibbon Cutting Ceremony
Washington County Conservation Board member Lyle MoenWashington County Conservation Board member Lyle Moen
KCII's News Director trying his hand at archery.  Photo courtesy:  Joel Van Zante with the Washington County Bows and Bullets 4-H Club.KCII’s News Director trying his hand at archery. Photo courtesy: Joel Van Zante with the Washington County Bows and Bullets 4-H Club.

Some of the activities included free bike helmets from Washington County Public Health, face painting, live animals, archery, food and door prizes.

23 pound snapping turtle being held by Fisheries Biologist Chad Dolan23 pound snapping turtle being held by Fisheries Biologist Chad Dolan

Capps notes that even though this project is completed, there is always something happening with the Conservation Board.

Frame for floating bonfireFrame for floating bonfire
The floating bonfireThe floating bonfire
The floating bonfireThe floating bonfire

The evening was capped off with a floating bonfire.

Donors for the Ainsworth to Marr Park TrailDonors for the Ainsworth to Marr Park Trail

Sponsors for the trail are The Washington County Riverboat Foundation, Department of Transportation Enhancement Program, City of Ainsworth, Federation Bank and Washington Iowa Betterment Foundation.

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