Mapleton celebrates opening of Mapleton Parkway Trail

Mapleton celebrated the opening of the Mapleton Parkway Trail (Phase I) on Monday, July 11, 2016. The celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony, prize drawing, and inaugural trail ride/walk by citizens young and old.

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“Some of you have already been on the trail,” said Mayor Brian Wall. “And some of you have been asked to get off the trail. But after today, you can use it and we won’t bother you,” he joked.

Phase I of the Mapleton Parkway Trail has been about seven years in the planning. The trail begins at the mouth of Hobble Creek Canyon, near the Wayne Bartholomew Park. It ends at the far end of south Main Street in Mapleton – a distance of about five miles. Phase II (slated to begin construction next year) will connect the trail to Spanish Fork Canyon. It’s hoped that eventually, the Parkway Trail will be part of an interconnecting trail system that covering all of Utah Valley.

“We’re excited to offer such a great recreational opportunity to Mapleton citizens,” said Mayor Wall. “We’re especially excited that we could do the whole thing without any bonding or other debt. This trail will be enjoyed by generations to come. It’s so accessible. You can get from one end of town to the other on the trail. It’s a lot safer than being on the roads – especially for families with small children. We plan on making continuous improvements to the trail to ensure that it will be a great place for everyone to relax and enjoy being outside.”

Some of Mapleton’s smallest citizens came with their bikes to celebrate the opening of the trail. Gavin Miner, 8, was excited about the prize drawings which were part of the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “I’m excited that it goes all the way to the Springville pond (Bartholomew reservoir),” he said. His little brother Logan, 6, was likewise excited about riding on the trail.

Mapleton City Police Chief John Jackson took a few minutes to emphasize safety precautions. “This is an awesome thing for our town,” he said. “And a few precautions can help everyone be safe. Before you head out on a hike or a ride, it’s always a good idea to let someone know where you’re going. Carrying identification, including any medical information, is always a good idea too. This trail is not open to motorized vehicles. Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. And if you’re biking, always wear a helmet – 74% of traumatic brain injuries occur when people aren’t wearing helmets.”

“Something like this trail doesn’t happen without a lot of help from a lot of people,” said Mayor Wall. He recognized the efforts of Mapleton City Council members; trail committee members; Mapleton City Staff; Mountainland Association of Governments; RB & G Engineering, COP Construction, and UDOT; the Bureau of Reclamation and Central Utah Water Conservancy District; and Springville City.

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