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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 20, 2014

Iowa Trails Summit, Family Fun Day June 14,15

Jun 03, 2013

AMES — The Iowa Department of Transportation is joining statewide organizations in support of the fourth Iowa Trails Summit and Family Fun Day June 14 and 15, in Cedar Falls/Waterloo.

The summit brings together a group of trails and community development experts that will share ideas and innovations that can influence the future of trails, outdoor recreation and economic development in Iowa.

June 15, will be a free family fun day with outdoor recreation activities open to the public with no registration required.

This year’s theme is “Trails, Blue Zones, and Building a Healthier Iowa.”

The master of ceremonies, returning for the fourth year, Chuck Offenburger, hosts some of Iowa’s most interesting experts, and the featured keynote speaker, world famous Charlie Wittmack, sharing his presentation: Committed to the Core – Stories from the World Triathlon.

Registration for the event is open at www.IowaTrailsSummit.org.

This award-winning event (National Park Service’s Mid America Trails and Greenways, 2011) has been recognized for its unique approach to trails users working together to build healthier communities.

The schedule is:

• June 14,
Summit  8 a.m. – 5 p.m.,
University of Northern Iowa, Schindler Education Center, University Avenue and Campus Street, Cedar Falls.
$35 registration includes refreshments, lunch and parking ($40 after Friday)

Picnic dinner
Time:  6 –7:30 p.m.
at Gateway Park, North Main and First Street, Cedar Falls.
The dinner will be on the banks of the Cedar River in Cedar Falls. $10 ($12 after Friday)

• June 15
Family Fun Day – Celebrating the Trails Summit with free family activities, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
at Riverview Recreation Area, Hawthorne Avenue, Waterloo.

All events are free; outdoor recreation activities, including Kayak Demo Day sponsored by Scheels and Confluence Water Sports, four-wheeler demonstrations by the Trailblazers Off Road Club, snowmobile demonstration by the Iowa Snowmobile Association, three bicycle rides — 10, 20 and 30 miles — sponsored by the Cedar Valley Cyclists, an Iowa Department of Natural Resources paddling safety presentation and a nature trail experience presented by Hartman Reserve and the Iowa DNR AmeriCorps Trails crew, featuring the opportunity for participants to make their own custom walking stick.

The events are open to the public. Families and children are welcome.

For more information, contact Peter Komendowski at 319-269-8493 or pkomendowski@gmail.com.

 

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