(Mayville) A grand opening date for Phase One of the Gold Star Memorial Trail has been revealed. The ten-foot wide paved trail – so named to honor local fallen veterans – will initial extend two miles from Mayville Theiler Park to the Horicon Marsh Visitor Center, running along County Highway TW and State Highway 28. Future phases would connect to Horicon and Beaver Dam. Ground was broken in the spring for Phase One which has been focused on culvert and block wall installation along with grading, installation of the gravel base and paving.
Andrew Johnson with the Gold Star Memorial Trail says half of Phase One is already paved and the rest of the paving should be complete by the end of September. Pending a Department of Transportation inspection, a soft opening is expected by the end of October with a grand opening celebration for Phase One on June 1st of 2019.
Johnson says the group has also been able to begin focusing its efforts on Phase Two, which has multiple components bringing the trail through Horicon.
A shelter being constructed on Palmatory Street in Horicon should be done by July. Meanwhile, two donors have stepped forward to fund the engineering costs for Phase Three, which would ultimately bring the trail to Beaver Dam. Johnson says Beaver Dam Community Hospital and the Watertown Community Foundation have donated the $20-thousand dollars needed.
The Beaver Dam segment is expected to cost between $2.8-and-$2.9-million dollars to complete and once engineering plans are complete the group would be poised to apply for a federal bike grant. For more information about the project, visit www.goldstarmemorialtrailwi.org