by Steve Peterson
The City of Ireton’s Walking Trail is now open.
The trail’s first phase is one-half mile in length starting at the Super Stop convenience store off Eagle Avenue and First Street. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held with committee members and the community Sept. 9.
“We have received a lot of requests for the plaques and received grants from Ireton Community Foundation and Sioux County Community Foundation,,” said Walking Trail Committee Chairperson Deb Vanderplas. “It’s encouraging to see people out using it.”
“It’s great what the community can accomplish. A lot of people worked hard on it,” said Mayor Dennis Burns.
Don Mulder, a committee member who gave rides on the trail Monday night said the trail held up well despite a lot of rain in the flooding of Memorial Day.
“It’s a walking trail not a straight path,” said Mulder. “Putting in the culvert was the biggest challenge. About two-thirds of the town’s rainfall comes here.”
Mulder said the trail will be extended as funds become available in the future.
Committee members also included Michelle Van Wyhe, Kay Mulder, Diane Burns, Ron and Connie Koopmans, Kurt and Marva Hoogland, Bob and Deb Vander Plas and Sue Ten Napel.