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Fairview Trail Ground-Breaking Ceremony May 26th

A groundbreaking on Thursday, May 26th marked a significant step for the Fairview Trail portion of the Gull Lake Trail, which will give residents and visitors alike a safe path along County Rd 77 through the township.  Attendees included:  Front Row: Marla Yoho and Jenny Gunsbury, Fairview Trail Committee Co-Chairs;  Middle Row: Paul Cibuzar, Trail Committee; Tom Dechmann, Fairview Township Supervisor; Ellie Dechmann; Monica Kovalchuk, Trail Committee; Simon Anderson, Gladen Construction Project Supervisor; Jon Strand, Trail Committee; Kris Strand, Trail Supporter; Walt Richmond, Township Supervisor;  Back Row: Bryan Drown, Bolton & Menk Project engineer; Eric Field, (and Jeff Pelland, not pictured) Gladen Construction crew members.
A groundbreaking on Thursday, May 26th marked a significant step for the Fairview Trail portion of the Gull Lake Trail, which will give residents and visitors alike a safe path along County Rd 77 through the township. Attendees included: Front Row: Marla Yoho and Jenny Gunsbury, Fairview Trail Committee Co-Chairs; Middle Row: Paul Cibuzar, Trail Committee; Tom Dechmann, Fairview Township Supervisor; Ellie Dechmann; Monica Kovalchuk, Trail Committee; Simon Anderson, Gladen Construction Project Supervisor; Jon Strand, Trail Committee; Kris Strand, Trail Supporter; Walt Richmond, Township Supervisor; Back Row: Bryan Drown, Bolton & Menk Project engineer; Eric Field, (and Jeff Pelland, not pictured) Gladen Construction crew members.

“With this groundbreaking today … we begin the journey to complete approximately 4.1-miles of additional trail opportunities here in the Gull Lakes area,” Marla Yoho, Fairview Township Clerk and member of the Fairview Trail Advisory Committee, told a crowd that included township officers, trail project supporters, and the professionals who have and will make the trail a reality. Supporters gathered at the base of Hunters Ridge Trail, the current trailhead, for the commemorative “turn of the first shovel” and to share appreciation for the efforts put forth by Yoho and her co-chair, Jenny Gunsbury, the Township Board of Supervisors and the Trail Committee in making this first segment a reality.

“This is a big deal for Fairview Township, a big deal for the Gull Lake area”, added Yoho, “which will ultimately provide a better quality of life for everyone in our area.”

“It’s very exciting to finally see the trail coming to fruition after years of planning, design and fundraising. Bikers, walkers, runners, people pushing baby strollers – everyone will be able to safely enjoy the beautiful outdoors on the trail instead of on the narrow Country Road 77 shoulder,” said Jenny Gunsbury, Trail advisory Committee Chair.

The Fairview Township trail section is part of the Gull Lake Trail Master Plan. It will eventually connect the completed trails in East Gull Lake and Lake Shore and provide access in Nisswa to

the Paul Bunyan State Trail. The project is made possible by grants from the Greater MN Regional Parks and Trails Commission, the MN DNR, the Federal Recreational Trail Grant program,  the Initiative Foundation, Cass County Fund 73, Fairview Township Community Projects Fund, and many generous individual and business donors.

“By completing this section, residents and guests are closer to having a continuous 21-mile route around the west side of Gull Lake,” said Yoho. “It’s a wonderful amenity for residents, guests, and visitors to the Brainerd Lakes area.”

Fund raising efforts for the remaining segment that will connect the trail under construction to the LakeShore trail are underway, with hopes of construction in 2022.