The fund was established in 2002 and 2003 by generous community donors. In 2004, the first Foundation Trail Maintenance Fund Walk, called “The Trail to Better Health,” was held to raise funds for trail maintenance and improvements. In 2006, to help maintain this community asset, the Foundation announced a two-fold project: 1) to raise funds to increase the existing Trail Maintenance Fund so that it can become a permanent funding source; 2) to develop a small and attractive Park along the trail.
ENJOY THE FOUNDATION TRAILS
– Micahel Mahan, Trustee
Go take a Hike!
With spring finally arriving to our area, the Black River Area Foundation would like to welcome you to enjoy the Foundation Trail. Most health experts recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of exercise on a daily basis. The benefits of this activity improve both physical and mental well being.
The Foundation Trail is a paved 4.1 mile trail that winds it’s way along the beautiful Black River where you may be lucky enough to spot an eagle, around the BRF High School Campus, through the Lunda Community Park, past the Skyline Golf Course, along Town Creek where deer are often seen, and finally back to the downtown area. The trail makes a loop so those that have the time and conditioning can get a great workout. Since the trail winds through a large part of our community, you can quickly find a nearby access point if time and physical conditioning don’t allow you to complete the entire trail. There are sections of the trail to meet to meet every fitness level.
The Foundation Trail was completed in three phases. The initial segment was completed in 1993 and offers picturesque views of the Black River. A generous donation from the Perry Hull Trust was used to construct the section running from downtown to the Jackson County Fairgrounds. Phase two was completed in 1998 when a Wisconsin Department of Transportation grant, along with generous donations from many community members, allowed for completion of the loop. Donations for phase three provided for benches, picnic tables, waste receptacles and lighting. The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony occurred on September 16, 2000. The Foundation manages an on-going fund for the maintenance of the trail. Anyone interested in donating to the trail fund may contact the Foundation office.
So on behalf of the Black River Area Foundation, we encourage you to enjoy this beautiful community asset, meet old friends and make some new ones and get some regular exercise at the same time.