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Local trail supporters honored

The honorees this year: Pedal Power bike shop in Eagle-Vail in the Business category; the Eagle County Board of Commissioners in the Government category; the Edwards Metropolitan District in the Community Organization category; and Anne Martens in the Individual category.

“Each of these people or agencies were selected because of their extra effort and commitment to creating a safe and enjoyable regional system of trails and shared roadways,” said Dick Cleveland, chairman of the ECO Eagle Valley Trails Committee.

“In the Business category, we selected Pedal Power, one of many terrific bike shops in our county, because of the great deal of time and energy Steven Kirchner, Bruce Kelley and Dawes Wilson have committed to successful events and programs such as the Trail Action Group, bike and foot races, Bike to Work day and other activities,” Cleveland said.

The Eagle County Board of Commissioners was selected in the Government category for the commissioners’ commitment to completing trail sections in the Edwards area, particularly in the effort to connect Avon to Edwards, committee members said.

“They have consistently been supportive of the vision to create a regional trail system and improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists throughout the county,” said Cleveland.

The Edwards Metropolitan District was selected in the Community Organization category because of their financial contribution to trail construction and maintenance in the Edwards area.

“They are strong supporters of the entire trails system vision in both action and words, and we appreciate their efforts to help create a linking system in the mid-valley,” said Cleveland.

Trail officials said other metropolitan districts have also contributed to the regional trail system projects, as well as improving or creating walking and bicycle paths within their district neighborhoods.

Anne Martens, selected in the Individual category, is employed as the assistant town engineer for Avon.

“Last year we recognized the Town Council and staff for their financial commitment and hard work to complete the first Avon River Trail segment and the Nottingham Road trail,” said Cleveland. “This year, we wanted to single out Anne because of her diligent, hard-working efforts on behalf of the citizens of Avon and her contributions of her own time to participate in trail committee meetings, attend events and keep momentum going in the town of Avon.”

Additionally, letters of appreciation will be delivered to people or entities that worked on behalf of local trail users, trail officials said.

Steve Bull, a Forest Service employee on the Holy Cross District, spent many hours organizing and facilitating backcountry trail work days and working with citizens on their concerns about forest trails, the committee said.

Jamie Pappas of Vail Resorts was handed the assignment to construct the section of trail from the east end of Arrowhead to the Town of Avon boundary across some steep terrain. He got it done with the aid of his employers’ backing and a competent construction team, but also through his patience and perseverance, the committee said.

Eagle Ranch has committed to a set of backcountry access points from their development, listening to the recommendations of locals who know the area well, the committee said.

Cleveland, also a member of the Vail Town Council, and Debbie Buckley of the ECO Board and Avon Town Council will present the awards at 10 a.m. today at at the Minturn Town Hall.


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