Bike trail to Beloit gets go-ahead
Tom Presny, city parks director, said landowner Mike Morris offered to donate equipment and time and to clear vegetation from the abandoned railway right-of-way south of Tripp Road. Once that’s done, residents will be able to get to Big Hill Park in Beloit by using a combination of mostly trail riding and some road riding.
In a surprise announcement at the meeting, the owners of a native seed company donated $10,000 toward the cost of the trail and another $10,000 in seed to plant the trail in native plants.
Bill Graham, founder of Agrecol in Evansville, said he and his wife, Sandy, recently moved to Rock County. He said Janesville seems to be a “beautiful place,” and decided to donate the money after reading about the potential purchase.
Council and trail coalition members in the room thanked the couple for the donation.
Total cost of the parcel is $45,000. The Rock Trail Coalition also is donating $10,000.
Coalition member Dean Paynter said the trail has been the group’s goal since it first met in 1992.
“We are a persistent group,” he said. “This is the missing link.”
The purchase gives the city 5.5 miles of bike trail that begins at Rockport Road and completes the city’s responsibility in building a trail to Beloit.