Teacher, cyclist inspired to establish bike trail

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The construction of a multi-use bike trail is underway at Indian Foothills Park, in Marshall.
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Avid biker and local physical education teacher Travis Ewart drove past Indian Foothills Park daily. One day the rolling landscape with areas of un-utilized land inspired him to envision a biking trail included in the park’s landscape. Ewart said there was “nothing really close” for cyclists like himself, so he began to consider how he might spark interest in such a trail in the park.

Late last year, Ewart wrote a “very long and complicated” proposal for his envisioned bike trail and submitted the proposal to the Park Board. Ewart said, chuckling, “and they accepted it.”

Since that time, Ewart and volunteers have been working on the multi-use trail. When the trail is completed it will be slightly less than a mile, which he said, “isn’t a really long trail” but the track through the woods is interesting and anyone wanting to do more than the mile length can circle the area as many times as their workout requires.

Travis Ewart clears out an area at Indian Foothills Park for the continuation of a bike trail he is constructing.
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On June 1, according to Ewart, about 20 volunteers gathered and added “about 400 to 500” feet to the course. Marshall Park Board provided donations of hand tools, a hot dog lunch, and bottled water.

Ewart said he wanted to thank all the volunteers who turned out for the first workday and to recognize and thank Clem’s designs for providing a 4-foot banner advertising the project and Wood & Huston Bank for donations to the volunteer day. Ewart said he would like to see more local businesses get involved in the trail building project and he expects to organize more such events in the future.

Those interested in making donations or taking part in the work days can call Ewart at 714-264-3489, or check out the trail’s Facebook page.

Volunteers help build trails at Indian Foothills Park June 1. The trails are multi-use, intended for cyclists, hikers and runners alike.
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