The Greater Glendive Walking Pathways was a 2012 RHI Incubator Mini-Grant Recipient. The walking paths help ensure a healthy community by connecting the Yellowstone River, Black Bridge Fishing Access, parks, ball fields, and schools surrounding Glendive, Montana. The goal of the project was to improve and reestablish the Black Bridge Fishing Access trails that were flooded in 2010. With the use of a walk-behind string trimmer mower, maintaining these trails became a possibility.
The walk-behind trimmer mower was used to reestablish natural dirt trails by mowing trails along the river and dike in trail access areas. This project’s success was due in large part to partnering organizations such as the Rotary Club of Glendive, the Montana Rural Health Initiative, and the walking path committee consisting of a county planner, healthy communities coalition, county commissioner, mayor, school superintendent, runners club, and engineering firm. This committee has worked together to compile a Safe Routes to School grant.
The schools and county have applied for a Safe Route to School grant because the narrow Jefferson School Road is so busy from Highland Park. Although they didn’t get the grant in 2012, the county cleared over-grown trees from a future path area. Later, two college-bound students mowed the area to expose tree roots which were removed by a contractor. Funds for the root removal came from memorial money in memory of John Johnson, a former principal and legislator.
Dawson Community College Campus Corps volunteer Katie Lyons also helped maintain trails during the summer of 2012 in the Black Bridge Fishing Access west of the Bell Street Bridge in Glendive. The Rotary Club of Glendive used the Rural Health Initiative Incubator Mini-Grant to purchase a walk-behind trimmer mower to help maintain trails wherever work was needed.
Since walking on top of the dike in the early morning can start a chorus of barking dogs from the Casitas Del Rio Trailer Park, the lower trail is another alternative. Additional trails follow along the Yellowstone River from the three parking areas along the Fish Wildlife & Park maintained road to the Black Bridge boat ramp. The Rotary Club of Glendive is adding to the Glendive trails annually. The city and county have committed $300,000 in Community Transportation Enhancement Project (CTEP) funds for trails. Construction will start in the spring on a trail from the city to Makoshika Park Visitor Center.
For more information or updates about the Glendive Walking Paths project, please contact:Peggy Iba firstname.lastname@example.org 406.939.7422