August 13, 2015
Whiterock Conservancy hosted three days of outdoor activities and unveiled its splendid trail system last weekend before visitors and guests from across the state. A ribbon cutting on Friday morning signified the completion of Whiterock’s second phase of 36+ miles of new trails designed for not only pedestrians but mountain bikers and equestrians. Whiterock Conservancy Executive Director Conrad Kramer noted that two federal grants totaling $800,000, a state CAT grant for $400,000 and $430,000 worth of private donations from over 200 individuals helped to fund the new trails, which includes 13 miles of challenging, single track mountain bike trails and eight miles of equestrian trails. Kramer said that part of the Garst family’s vision for donating the largest land gift in the history of the state for the creation of Whiterock was the family’s intent of opening the land for the public to enjoy. “With the new trail system we have great new access,” said Kramer, who also noted recent construction of a new campground restroom/shower facility. “In Iowa, we’re better for having a place like Whiterock.” Appropriately, those who attended the weekend event biked, walked and navigated the Middle Raccoon River. Above, Whiterock Board member Jen Garst of Ames, and Joe McGovern, Board President from Elkhart, cut the ribbon. Also pictured are board member Sarah Garst, Coon Rapids Mayor Jeff Anthofer, city council members Jon Esdohr and Josh Smouse, Guthrie County Conservation Director Joe Hanner, Region XII Director Rick Hunsaker, Carroll Area Development Director Shannon Landauer, Whiterock employees and other friends.
Courtesy of Coon Rapids Enterprise, 8/13/15.