For those wishing to visit John F. Kennedy Memorial Park north of Fort Dodge, there is now a new way to get there that lets you leave your car at home.
After a ribbon cutting Saturday afternoon, the Kennedy Park Trail is now officially open.
Matt Cosgrove, Webster County Conservation director, spoke first about the latest leg of the local trail system.
-Messenger photo by Hans Madsen
Jayda Scott, 9, of Fort Dodge declines the golden scissors being offered by Webster County Conservation Director Matt Cosgrove, right, during the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly completed Kennedy Park Trail in John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.
"This is a great example of a collaborative effort," he said. "We're excited to get the trail here."
He said he's already seeing people using the trail.
He also offered thanks to the many individuals and groups who helped make the trail system a reality. The process has taken 30 years of effort. While it may seem simple to build a trail - it's not.
"That's not the way it works," Cosgrove said.
Webster County Supervisor Bob Singer also attended the dedication.
He praised the perseverance of those who made the project a reality and cited the trail as a nice addition to the quality of life that Fort Dodge and Webster County can offer to businesses and individuals considering a move to the area.
"This is one more thing for them to do," he said.
Sheilah Lizer, the Webster County planner, serves on the Trail Advisory Board.
She said she is proud of the new trail and the community.
"It's amazing to live in a community that supports a project like this," she said.
Matt Johnson, speaking on behalf of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, said the project is, "great for everyone in the community. It helps improve the quality of life."
Casey Johnson, owner of Fort Dodge Ford Toyota, spoke about the benefit to the community also. He cited the positive comments made by the staff of CJ Bio America about the trails.
The project is partially funded through a Vision Iowa $1.2 million grant, donations, Webster County and the city of Fort Dodge.
Of course, no dedication is complete without a proper cutting of the red ribbon with a golden pair of scissors.
Jayda Scott, 9, of Fort Dodge, was offered the pair of large adult sized scissors to do the job.
Would she have done it if offered a different pair, perhaps a giant set?
"Yes," she said.