Come experience the beauty of fall at the Cottonwood Trail, a new natural trail in the Norton community. The first 100 people will receive flashlights - just in time for Halloween trick-or-treating! Take a walk through the trail after the ribbon cutting, weather permitting. Then, cheer on the Norton Bluejays football team as it takes on Hoisington. Sponsored by Norton Trails Council and Live Well Norton.
Press Release: NORTON TRAILS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES THE COTTONWOOD TRAIL-
Norton, Kansas, October 2019 -- The Norton Trails Council is excited to announce the completion of the Cottonwood Trail, located along the dike in Elmwood Park. A ribbon cutting has been scheduled for Friday, October 25th at 6:00 PM.
The Norton Trails Council was formed in 2018 as a result of an initial meeting hosted by the Norton County Community Foundation and the Kansas Trails Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the development and enjoyment of Kansas trails. (www.kansastrailscouncil.org).
After getting approval from the City of Norton, a group of local volunteers worked with Mike Goodwin of the Kansas Trails Council to map out a 1.4-mile primitive loop trail that begins and ends at the west entrance of Elmwood Park on Hwy 283. In May 2019, the “Trail in a Box” from the Kansas Trails Council arrived, and the group spent the day learning how to use the tools and the existing natural landscape to create the trail. The trailer remained in Norton for two months while volunteers continued to shape the trail as necessary. Norton PRIDE and Live Well Norton provided water, snacks, and lunch for the work day, and Live Well Norton has also purchased a variety of tools for the Norton Trails Council to use for trail maintenance.
"Hiking the new Cottonwood Trail is a wonderful way to enjoy nature and the outdoors and stay fit,” said Mike Goodwin of Kansas Trains Council. “One reward for building this trail is the knowledge that it will be used by so many people in the decades to come. The Kansas Trails Council is really fortunate to have been a part of this volunteer effort."
In preparation for creating the trail, members of the Norton Trails Council worked closely with representatives from Disc Golf to make sure that the trail - which intersects with part of the course - would not interfere in a negative way.
“Our council is so excited to bring this trail to Norton!” said Gail Roy, Norton Trails Council volunteer. “With the cooperation of several groups, we were able to build a trail for our community and encourage everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors! We appreciate the help we received from the Kansas Trails Council - Mike gave us wonderful leadership on our first project.” The Norton Trails Council hopes to continue this work with other trails in the area. If you are interested in joining the volunteer-led council, please contact Karen Griffiths or Gail Roy.
Weather permitting, the ribbon cutting is set for Friday, Oct. 25 at 6:00 pm, prior to the NCHS football game. The community is asked to meet at the trailhead and celebrate this positive addition to our community. The first 100 people to attend will receive flashlights donated by Live Well Norton. Bring the whole family, so your kids can get a new flashlight to use trick or treating this year!
Sept. 2017: TRAVELING KANSAS is a local production from Smoky Hills Public Television that highlights communities, people and attractions across the state. This episode explores the past and present with a spotlight on the restoration of several historic buildings in Norton and the economic development efforts throughout the county.
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