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City set to break ground on Doughboy Trail

The City of New Richmond may soon have a new trail linking the city’s north and south sides, thanks to lease agreement and grants from the Department of Natural Resources.

A city parks crew has already cleared brush and cut a path for the Doughboy Trail, which will link the city’s trail system to the south with the trails to the north. The route runs along the east side of the Willow River on land donated by Gail and Bill Buell in the form of a 25-year lease.

“The goal was to create a safe pedestrian route from the north to the south,” Darrow said in the Sept. 9 New Richmond City Council meeting. “In order to receive the grant from the DNR, the land has to be leased or owned by the city.”

The city council approved the lease at its Sept. 9 meeting and crews cleared trees and debris for the trail in late September.

An official groundbreaking ceremony is set for 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, to celebrate the beginning the project.

The first phase of the project will happen this fall, and it will include the laying down of Class 5 materials for 80 percent of the trail, according to council documents.

The city will make a final decision on the trail’s northerly route this winter, and in the early spring that part of the trail area will be cleared so the entire trail can be paved.

The entire trail is expected to be a reality by early summer.

The total cost of the trail is $206,000, but the DNR grant will cover half of it. Most of the remaining funding is in place, except for $20,000 to be raised through grants and donations. Darrow expects the final $20,000 to easily be secured in the coming months.

In addition to the Doughboy Trail, the city announced last week that it plans to create an additional trail named after a local civil rights hero. It will be called the John Doar Civil Rights Trail.

According to a press release issued by the city, the “interactive and reflective trail will surround the city’s Mill Pond and connect to the Doughboy Trail.” The release went on to say, “We would like to thank Mr. Doar and the Doar Family for their assistance and blessings on this important community project.”

No timetable has yet been announced for the additional trail project.

Micheal Foley
Micheal Foley worked at RiverTown Multimedia from July 2013 to June 2015 as editor at the New Richmond News. 
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