Hikers, bikers, outdoor enthusiasts, and the community at large are invited to enjoy the official opening of the Knollwood Park trail Saturday, June 11 from 10 a.m. to noon.
The event includes a brief ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the Knollwood Trail. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in support of the Platteville Community Arboretum. Visitors should meet at the small bridge behind Fiesta Cancun restaurant.
The Knollwood Trail project is a partnership among Platteville Parks and Recreation, Platteville Human Powered Trails, and the Platteville community. Knollwood Park is the second Platteville city park to include low-impact trails that are specifically designed for silent sports such as hiking, biking, and snowshoeing.
“The Knollwood Trail is a great addition to Platteville’s growing trail system,” said PHPT president Jason Tyson. “Each addition to the trail system is one more step toward getting people to adopt a healthy lifestyle and getting visitors to our community who will dine, shop, and stay.”
Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the Platteville Community Fund.
“Soft surface trails aren’t as expensive as paved trails but they aren’t free either,” said Les Hollingsworth, PHPT vice president. “This is a worthwhile investment to make our community healthier and a more attractive place to visit.”
PHPT wants to continue adding soft-surface trails around the Platteville community. “The trails-leads-to-tourism model has worked in other communities and there is still a lot of opportunity in Platteville,” said Timothy Ingram, owner of Momentum Bikes and Vice President of PHPT.
Platteville Human Powered Trails is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to enhance the Platteville community by providing high-quality, shared-use trails. Additional information can be found on PHPT’s website www.plattevilletrails.org.