Walking path gets official opening, new name
By Jason Stuart
Ranger-Review Staff Writer
Local officials officially cut the ribbon on the new walking path to the Makoshika State Park visitor center on Wednesday and unveiled the path’s new name.
“I’m pleased that we’re finally here celebrating this first step in trails,” announced Peggy Iba of the Building Active Glendive committee.
Following the ribbon cutting, BAG committee member Jen Fladager announced the winning name in the community naming contest the group held for the trail.
The trail was christened the “Makoshika Gateway Trail.” The name garnered the most votes amongst the ten finalist names suggested by Glendive students and community members. Fladager said the name won out “by a bit of a landslide.” The moniker was submitted by Makoshika manager Nate Powell.
The trail was built at a cost of $440,000. The project was largely funded through money from the Community Trail Enhancement Program. The city and county combined to commit CTEP funds and the required matching funds to build the trail.
“What you’re looking at right now is a (group) effort,” said Mayor Jerry Jimison. “It’s my pleasure to be part of this first of many steps that are going to be taken to enhance walking and biking paths here in Glendive.”
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