Heritage Trail Bridge Ribbon Cutting Festivities Set For June 1
Just in time for National Trails Day, the new Heritage Trail bridge across US Highway 52 near Heritage Pond and Rupp Hollow Road will be officially opened at ceremonies starting at 10 am on Saturday, June 1, 2013. We hope you’ll attend the ribbon cutting, which will also mark the 30 anniversary of the trail, and will feature some of the people instrumental in developing the trail in its early days.
The usual daily and annual fees for trail use are waived for everyone on June 1 and 2. (But trail passes will be on sale for future use!) Guests will gather near the parking lot at Heritage Pond for Saturday’s 10:00 AM ribbon cutting and public mass crossing of the new bridge. Plans for the weekend-long festival also include:
Saturday, June 1:
7:00 AM: Bird Hike led by Bob Walton- meet at Heritage Pond.
10:00 AM: Ribbon cutting ceremony, culminating in public bridge crossing.
10:45 AM: Family-oriented hike/bike from Heritage Pond west to the 1872 Bridge on the trail at Clay Hill Road- 2 miles each way. Welcome station with cold water provided by Friends of the Dubuque County Conversation Board at the 1872 Bridge.
1:00 to 3:00 PM: Guided fossil hunting at the nautilus cephalopod site just west of Graf near Heritage Trail. Led by Bob Miller, former University of Dubuque professor.
8:00 PM: Frog Hike near Heritage Pond and wetlands, led by Brian Preston, executive director of the Dubuque County Conservation Board.
Sunday, June 2:
9:00 AM to 12 noon: Family fishing derby.
Heritage Trail is 26 miles long in Dubuque County, rising gradually from Sageville to Dyersville, on the former Great Western rail bed. Sheer limestone bluffs and flat prairie areas provide a variety of scenery for bicyclists, hikers, runners, skiers and snowmobilers. Heritage Trail is operated by Dubuque County Conservation Board. The new bridge joins it to the City of Dubuque’s 29-mile system of paved trails for walking, hiking, and biking.
Brian Preston, Executive Director
Dubuque County Conservation Board
Cell: 563-590-1043 Office: 563-6745