Trail memorials project deserves support

It enhances the system while preserving some local history

The extensive system of trails that is being developed in Fort Dodge and Webster County is of enormous benefit to our community. It has proved immensely popular with walkers, runners and bikers.

Improvements and enhancements are constantly making the already superb system better as the project continues to evolve. Those people who used the trails this spring might have noticed some recently poured concrete pads at several spots along the way. In the future, most of those pads will feature a bench and a round memorial plaque embedded in the concrete.

The first of these plaques was dedicated to Ed Beeh who was one of the many individuals who helped turn our trail network from a dream into a reality. He donated land for the trail along the soccer fields, according to Matt Cosgrove, Webster County Conservation director.

Pouring the pads became a learning experience for the members of the building trades class at Fort Dodge Senior High. Woodruff Construction also became involved.

“They wanted to put in memory pads along the trail,” Cosgrove said, noting that the company saw it as a way of giving back to the community.

That was accomplished by joint efforts by workers from Woodruff and the students.

Four of the bench pads have been spoken for. The remaining 11 are still available. Cosgrove said they can be in memory of a person or sponsored by a business or group. The cost for a bench is $1,000.

“People can choose from the spots we have available,” he said. “We do all the installation and place the plaque.”

Anyone interested in sponsoring a bench should contact Webster County Conservation or the city of Fort Dodge Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department.

The Messenger enthusiastically supports this project. We applaud the team at Woodruff Construction and the high school students for their efforts in helping move it forward.