passionate about working with our community to make Delta Junction renowned
across the state for our biking, skiing, hiking, OHVing, horseback riding, snow
machining and, yes, even paddling trails.
Alaska Trails, an Alaskan non-profit trails
advocacy and education organization, shares this vision for Delta Junction and
for all of Alaska - to have the best trails in the world.
To help get people the information and training they need to make this
vision a reality, Alaska Trails hosts a biannual statewide trails conference
bringing together professionals, non-profits, and trail enthusiasts to promote
sustainable trails systems for all trail users. The 2014 conference was held April
24-26 in Anchorage. Mindy Eggleston
and Judy Hicks were enthusiastic participants, eager to apply what they learned
to Delta’s ongoing trail planning.
The conference offered a full schedule of
workshops on a range of topics: trail design and layout; trail construction and
maintenance; advocacy and funding; partnerships; and health.
A common theme throughout the conference was that trails offer the best
community amenity for the least amount of cost. Trails benefit communities by improving
physical and mental health, adding economic opportunities, and increasing
Keynote speaker, Troy Duffin, a nationally
known trail builder and president of Alpine Trails Inc., described how trail
development in Park City, Utah, led the one season ski resort town to become a
vibrant 4-season tourist destination.
Park City, now recognized as having one of the best trail systems in the
world, provides a great quality of life for local residents.
Mr. Duffin encouraged Alaskans to envision what a system of sustainable
trails could do for Alaska. He
commented that local projects are governed by the people who show up. He
recommended we participate in our local planning projects and community
Delta Junction has what many communities
want—trails that connect people with their local history.
Historic trails such as the Fairbanks-Valdez Trails and the WAMCAT trail
crossed through Delta. Two
historic roadhouses educate tourists about Delta’s trails history.
Horseback riders, cyclists, hikers, skiers, 4-w heelers, dog mushers,
paddlers, snow machiners recreate on a network of trails in our area. Many of our trails tell the story of how they were originally created to get people and materials from one place to
Let’s be inspired.
There are many enthusiastic Alaskans encouraging trails as Safe Routes to
School, trails connecting people to cultures like the Sitka Sea Walk, trails to
protect our outdoor lifestyle, trails like the Iditarod Historic Trail building
community cooperation among different trail users.
Let’s ride this wave of enthusiasm and come together to plan world class
trails as a focal point of Delta Junction, enhancing our quality of life for
years to come.
Celebrate National Trails Day, Saturday June 7, with the Delta
Junction Trails Association.
at Rika’s,” a fun family afternoon & evening offering; Art In
The Park, Face Painting, Geocaching and Orienteering, Nature Walks, Live Music,
BBQ Brisket Dinner with roasted vegetables, potatoes & dessert- catered by
Chocolate Gypsy. Dinner Tickets: Adults $25.00 Children
12 & under $12.00 / Toddlers Free. Tickets on sale at Smiling Moose, Delta
Jct. or contact Ellie Mason 895-5362, Ellen Clark 895-5155 or Carol Austin
895-4449. See you