FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                             
May 20, 2011

Dennis Goemaat
Linn County Conservation
(319) 892-6450
Aaron Anderson
City of Ely
(319) 848-4103

Local Governments, Linn County Trails Association
Celebrate Hoover Nature Trail Grand Opening June 3

ELY, IA – Linn County, the City of Ely and the Linn County Trails Association will celebrate the grand opening of the Hoover Nature Trail on Friday, June 3 at 2 p.m. in Ely City Park with a public trail connecting ceremony. The event will kick off National Trails Day on June 4. Local elected officials will speak prior to the symbolic trail connecting ceremony.

“We are so excited to celebrate the grand opening of the Hoover Nature Trail. This is a culmination of years of hard work and cooperation by local governments, land owners and trail advocates,” said Lu Barron, Linn County Supervisor and Vice Chairwoman of the Linn County Conservation Board. “We all worked together to get here, and we’re looking forward to the celebration and use of the trail.”

Parking at the grand opening event may be limited. Attendees are welcome to ride their bicycles to the event and enjoy the trail following the ceremony.

The Hoover Nature Trail extends south from the Cedar River Trail in Cedar Rapids through Ely to the Linn County / Johnson County border. With the completion of the Hoover Nature Trail in Linn County, the trail system now runs non-stop through Linn County from the southern border through Ely as the Hoover Nature Trail; through Cedar Rapids as the Cedar River Trail; and through Hiawatha, Robins, rural Linn County and Center Point as the Cedar Valley Nature Trail. The trail then continues north through the northeastern corner of Benton County and northward through Black Hawk County.

WHAT: Hoover Nature Trail grand opening & trail connecting ceremony

WHEN: Friday, June 3
  2 p.m.

WHERE: Ely City Park
  1635 Hillcrest Street
  Ely, IA

WHO:  The event is open to the public.