Ceremony to launch trail campaign
The River District Development Foundation of Merrill will host a capital campaign kick-off event for the new River Bend Trail development at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 6, in downtown Merrill. The event will take place in the public parking lot behind Thelma's and Johnson Gifts in the 1000 block of East Main Street, the future trail-head.
The River District Development Foundation and the city of Merrill are working to acquire an abandoned Canadian National rail-bed and obtain easements for a 2.5 mile-long paved, non-motorized trail along the Wisconsin River from downtown Merrill westward to Council Grounds State Park. The capital campaign's goal is to raise $1 million through private donations and grants to cover acquisition, construction and maintenance of the trail.
The kick-off event will include brief comments from project partners and large maps of the proposed trail will be available for viewing.
Students are invited to enter an essay contest about what a trail can do for the community.
To learn more about the capital campaign or to make a tax-deductible donation visit the website at www.riverdistrictfoundationofmerrill.com or call Debbe Kinsey at the Merrill Chamber of Commerce Foundation at 715-536-9474.