Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Park ranger Tom Shoush, left, and Makoshika State Park manager Nate Powell hold up a sign signalling the official naming of the new walking path to the park visitor center. The name, which Powell submitted, received the most votes among the 10 finalists in a naming contest.

Walking path gets official opening, new name

“I think this is a great start and a high standard for us to live up to,” Nate Powell, Makoshika State Park manager

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.”

Reach Jason Stuart at rrreporter@rangerreview.com.

 
Get the full story in the Sunday, April 27, 2014 issue of the Ranger-Review.
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