IRON COUNTY REGIONAL TRAIL COMMITTEE JOINS FORCES WITH ICORE TO DEVELOP HURLEY BIKE TRAIL
Social event and fundraiser to be held November 5 in Hurley
Hurley, WI - Two Iron County silent sports groups have joined forces to promote and develop a Hurley bike and walking trail that also provides access to the Iron Belle Trail in Ironwood.
The Iron County Regional Trail group received a grant from the Gogebic Range Health Foundation to allow the city of Hurley to purchase approximately 500 feet of former Wisconsin Central Railroad right-of-way between Highway 51 and the Montreal River north of Silver Street. After many delays, the city now has a deed to the property. There is also a non-motorized use bridge over the river financed by the “Bridge the Gap” campaign. Money from that campaign has already paid for the paving of the former railway property that should occur soon, weather and soil conditions permitting.
The next challenge for the combined silent sport groups will be to establish a trailhead with parking lot and pavilion at the Highway 51 location. To reach that goal, the newly enlarged Iron County Outdoor Recreational Enthusiasts (ICORE) is an ideal group. ICORE is a nonprofit corporation with 501c3 designation from the IRS, making contributions tax deductible. ICORE also already includes members from both southern and northern Iron County as well as Gogebic County.
Members from ICORE and the former Iron County Regional Trail group are very excited about the union and feel that the joinder of these two similar groups will further silent sports projects and move forward the Hurley bike trail that is planned to go eventually to Montreal and beyond. There is already a temporary route planned for the non-motorized trail to go from the highway 51 trailhead to west of Fifth Avenue, providing access to Hurley businesses.
A kickoff/social/fundraiser is scheduled at Sharon’s Coffee Company from 2:00 to 5:30pm on Sunday, November 5. The event will feature a meal and raffles for a new bicycle and other prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Hurley non-motorized trail fund.
People interested in this project are also welcome to attend the ICORE annual meeting at the Mercer Community Center on October 24th. Election of officers is at 5:00pm, potluck dinner at 6:00pm, and a presentation on wolf/deer population dynamics will follow at 7:00pm.
For more information on these and other ICORE events, visit www.ironcountyoutdoors.org/events.
122 Silver St
Hurley, WI 54534
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