See a PFD of the full year-end letter here: 2020 RET Year-end Newsletter

DEAR RIVER’S EDGE TRAIL SUPPORTER,

When we sent our annual letter a year ago, we never could have imagined how much each of us would be relying on the River’s Edge Trail to keep us sane, safe, and healthy throughout the 2020 pandemic! We know that for many in our community, the trail has provided a refuge during this very difficult time. Anecdotally we can tell you that utilization is way up. We could not be happier about this because we know the healing power of experiencing the great outdoors in beautiful settings.

Every year we send you this letter to recount what we have achieved for the trail over the last 12 months, to communicate our plans for the next year, and to THANK YOU for your continued support of our efforts to maintain and grow utilization of this world-class trail system. This year our appreciation runs even deeper as we have seen how our community investment in our trail system has paid off during this national crisis.

The trail is a grassroots community project that began more than 26 years ago. Today, every dollar we raise leverages $10 in matching funds to maintain, repair, and build new trail. This year was no exception. Our close-knit partnership with Great Falls Parks and Recreation ensures that we all enjoy a trail that is dependably managed and often delights us with new art installations and interpretive opportunities.

Construction of the Doug & Karen Wicks Circle of Giving is underway with completion expected by June 1, 2021. This installation will include walls of plaques that recognize longtime trail supporters and partners. It is only fitting that we dedicate it to the Wickswhose boundless energy helped make our trail the success it is. The first words from Doug at every meeting, work session, or impromptu conversation were, “Thank you.”

Thank you for your ongoing support of the River’s Edge Trail Foundation. Fulfilling our mission “Ensure Development, Maintenance, and Utilization of River’s Edge Trail” would be impossible without your ongoing support.

Support the River’s Edge Trail at thetrail.org

Sincerely,
River’s Edge Trail Foundation Board
Bruce Pollington – president, Anders Blewett – vice president, Debbie Corn – treasurer, Sheila Kelly – secretary, Ron Nelson, Chuck Jennings, Becky Nelson, Sarah Yoder, Alex Huffield, Steve Beaumont, Ben Graybill, Steffen Janikula – Trails Coordinator

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2020 TRAIL HIGHLIGHTS
A major repair project was completed near Black Eagle Dam in September. Caused by severe slope instability, the popular trail segment was in jeopardy of being closed down. The RETF stepped up and contributed/leveraged grants in the amount of $40,000 towards the $312,000 construction costs. Repairs included 110 feet of sheet pile wall with helical tieback and a drainage system to carry the water that was causing the erosion.

See all the highlights on our Project page.

Slumping on the trail