Trails System To Include College

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The Gila Community College Governing Board endorsed a trails system that would cross through the Payson campus, if approved by the Gila County Board of Supervisors.

Mary McMullen, a representative from the Payson Area Trails System (PATS), gave a brief presentation to the board outlining the plan for a trail system and, specifically, to request its approval for a trail to intersect the college.

The PATS plan would construct a series of multipurpose recreational trails throughout the town of Payson and some outside of town limits, McMullen said.

"The idea is to connect areas of town and outside town limits," she said.

McMullen said that different areas of interest in and around Payson would be included along the trails.

"We'd like the trail to go through the campus so people can see the beauty of the college and what we have in Payson," she said.

Members of the board supported the plan, citing personal experience with similar trail systems.

"I lived in a community that had 100 miles of paths and it was great," member Don Crowley said. "I think it's a wonderful program."

Board secretary Michael Pastor agreed.

"I think the program is a great idea," he said.

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