Thanks To Payson Area Trails System Volunteers

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Editor:

With the 2009 American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on Saturday, June 6, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank all of our community members who are volunteers for the Payson Area Trails System (PATS).

As a brief background on PATS, it was adopted by the Payson Town Council in February 2007 with the intent of creating a network of trails throughout Payson and around Payson’s perimeter in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Payson Ranger District over a 10-year period. This spider-web network of trails will enable trail users to enjoy trails within Payson town limits and through specific neighborhoods, while also ensuring access to existing and future USFS trails on Payson’s periphery.

It will not only contribute to Rim Country residents’ quality of life, but is currently, and will in the future, expand the tourism draw to our area.

The Town of Payson has depended heavily upon volunteer involvement in the PATS planning process, and continues to rely on primarily volunteer labor to improve and maintain existing PATS/USFS trails. Since PATS adoption, PATS volunteers have contributed more than 815 hours of work, and over $14,000 equivalent of donations/volunteer labor to the Town of Payson. It is an understatement to say that PATS volunteers are an extremely appreciated and invaluable resource to our town. To sum it up, without our PATS volunteers, PATS would not be possible.

I would like to thank the following individuals, in alphabetical order, for their continued involvement in PATS during the 2009 calendar year: Roy Andrews, Hal and Kathy Baas (PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsors), Dan Basinski, John and Sue Becker, Joanne Bergman, Daniel Bryant, Glenn and Linda Bryson, David Cederbaum, Bob Edwards, Jane Ericson (PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsor), Syd Gee, Pete Greer, Dan Jacobs, Gene James, Ron Keller (PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsor), Corey Kroll, Jeff Leonard (new PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsor), Joe Longbotham (PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsor), Ted Lucas (new PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsor), Donna Martinson, Monte McCord, Dusty Miller, Angela Parker, Andy Romance, David Rutter, Gene Sampson (PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsor), Mary Smith, John and Robbie Wertin, and Kim Young.

PATS Trailblazer 100 Sponsors are those volunteers who have put in a minimum of 100 volunteer hours toward PATS, or volunteer hour equivalents with donated equipment.

I would also like to thank the Payson Ranger District for its very positive collaboration with the Town of Payson in support of PATS.

Please join us in celebration of our local trails on Saturday, June 6 at the Boulders Loop Trailhead, 3.7 miles east of Highway 260 on Granite Dells Road, for our first annual PATS “Circle the Peak” National Trails Day race. For more information, or to register, visit www.paysonparks.com or call 474-5242 ext. 7.

Mary McMullen

Town of Payson Trails and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator

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