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New Dysart Community Trailhead dedicated at Twin Trails Celebration

June 28, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Dysart Reporter

A two-year cooperative effort of the Dysart Tree Board and Beautification, the Dysart Trail Committee, and the Dysart Development Corporation has led to the dedication of the Dysart Community Trailhead, complete with several features riders along Roberts Trail require as they stop into town.

The project began in 2017 as the existing shelter was repaired and re-roofed by Dysart Lions Club volunteers. The original F.F.A. sign on the west end of the shelter was restored by Scott Garwood. New additions include a cement pad poured east of the shelter and a new bike rack . The shelter's information center was designed and was then constructed by Dennis Manfull. According to organizers water was brought to the shelter site from the north side of Estelle Street by directional boring under the street in 2018, in addition to the cement for the bicycle service area.

Weather prevented completion of the project in 2018, and this spring the water fountain and Fix-it Station were installed on the cement pad previously prepared for them. Three new fitness stations were also installed along the trail in 2019 to complete the project.

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From left to right: Pam Thiele, Susan Fuchs, Debi Miller, Daniel Hartwig, Deb Aldrich Cathy Wieck and Robert Elliot in the renovated trailhead shelter.

Daniel Hartwig, President of the Dysart Tree Board and Mayor Pam Thiele each gave speeches discussing the project's timeline and recognized the volunteers, grants and donations which made the project possible. Grants received included the Max & Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation, the Tama County Community Foundation, and the Dysart Community Foundation. Also recognized where the Dysart Development Corporation Trail Fund, Dysart Tree Board bequest fund, Hatch Excavating, Dysart Public Works Department, along with contributions from members of the community.

"We dedicate the new Dysart Trailhead to the Dysart Community, and we hope the new facilities will encourage residents and visiting bikers and hikers to enjoy increased recreation and leisure time on our C.R. Roberts Trail and on the Old Creamery Nature Trail," Hartwig said.

Every child in the "Chalk the Trail" activity won an award. After the dedication, the Trail Scavenger Hunt Bike Ride was held. Since the weather looked threatening, it was abbreviated. The children rode along the trail to find various items listed on their scavenger hunt sheets. All received rewards for their participation, along with refillable water bottles and information about protecting our environment by reusing and recycling. The adult bike was won by Jon Wendt of Dysart. Refreshments provided by the Tree Board.



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