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Recreation trail in Sibley a work in progress

A step forward for the community of Sibley in health and fitness remains a work in progress. 

"We need a lot of community involvement, and we need as much help as we can get to finish our project," Julie Ackerman, trail committee member said.

A recreational walking and biking trail has been in the works in Sibley for over two years now, and completion of the trail could be four or more years away.

"It's been a lot of fun... it's been a struggle," Ackerman said. 

"We're trying to get out there and get some of the public to recognize that it's everybody's trail and everybody needs to help to get it done," Dan Janssen, City Administrator said.

The trail, estimated to cost around 400 thousand dollars when completed, has been mostly funded through donations. Most of the labor has been done by volunteers to try to avoid the added cost of hiring a contractor. City officials say the completed parts of the project have been well used by the community.

"We have a lot of people that are probably going on longer walks than they normally do because they're wanting to walk out there and actually walk on the trail," Janssen said.

Different parts of the project are coming along nicely, and the trail committee now has map brochures lining the trail for walkers and bikers to use, but there's still a lot of work to be done.

"I think some of the people are thinking, 'Oh, they've got that part done, so they must have enough volunteers,' but the volunteers we do have are kind of getting burned out," Janssen said.


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