Celebrate our local Trails this May!
The Conover-Phelps biking and walking trail will officially open with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony in Conover’s Community Park at noon on Sunday, May 29.
The ceremony will include State Representative Rob Swearingen, County Board chairman Ron DeBruyne, supervisors from Conover and Phelps, and representatives from the state Department of Transportation, Department of Tourism, and Department of Natural Reources. In addition to the ribbon cutting and comments from several of the officials present, there will be an update on progress regarding completion of the final stretches of the trail.
The Ribbon Cutting will kick off “A Ride in the Park,” a free celebration of all the recreational opportunities in the Conover area. The family event will include raffles, games for children, root beer floats, beer, and other food, and information about bike trails, ATV routes and trails, snowmobile trails, and more. A Ride in the Park will run from 11:30 until 3.
Proceeds from sales of the special event t-shirts and the food and beverages provided by Sprecher and Cedar Crest will be split among the various recreational groups that helped plan A Ride in the Park. Concession sales will benefit Conover Fire & Rescue.
People will be encouraged to take a bike ride or to walk a ways on the new trail. The first 50 people who take the trail out to the Muskrat Creek bridge and back to the park will receive free tickets to this summer’s raffle being run jointly by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce and Great Headwaters Trails.
The ribbon cutting will celebrate the third of the Conover-Phelps Trail that is now built and signed. Two-thirds of the funding for the whole trail connecting Conover and Phelps is in place, and much of the next section of trail is ready to be bid out to be built this summer. Those who want more information about how they can help complete the funding needed can go to www.ghtrails.org.
Planning A Ride in the Park has involved the town boards and chambers of commerce from Conover and Phelps, Great Headwaters Trails, the Landover ATV-UTV Club, the Conover Sno Buddies, Vilas County Horse Trails, and Conover Fire & Rescue.
Mike Hoffmann of the Boathouse Grill and Creamery helped spearhead the event and arranged for the two corporate sponsors.
“This is a great event to show off all the ways people can have outdoor fun in Conover,” said Conover Chamber President Sharon Olander. “We hope everyone will take some time during their holiday Sunday to come by the park for the Ribbon Cutting, and stay to join the celebration.”
Visit Conover on May 29th for the Conover-Phelps Trail Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Trails Celebration!