Eagle Scout project improves popular hiking, biking trail

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Sierra Vista, AZ.  07/08/16.  Users of the City’s popular Garden Canyon Linear Park Trail may have noticed some significant improvements recently thanks to the work of a local Eagle Scout.

Soon to be a senior at Buena High School, Caleb Jeffs led a team of 20 volunteers to conduct trail maintenance and construct welcome additions to this popular trail for walkers, hikers, runners, and mountain bikers in May. The most significant changes were the installation of new trail markers, the improvement of existing markers, and the creation of a new segment of trail heading underneath Cherokee Avenue. This eliminates the need to cross over the street.

“Being able to physically see the improvements and knowing that the work that we did was quality work was awesome,” Jeffs says. “I loved it.”

The changes make this scenic trail safer and more user-friendly. The trail heads south out of Sierra Vista along the perimeter of Fort Huachuca and connects with trails at Brown Canyon Ranch. This provides easy access to this scenic destination, while also offering a link to Brown Canyon Trail, which is a popular hiking and mountain biking trail.

To learn more about local multi-use paths, bike lanes, and access to the Garden Canyon Linear Park Trail, visit the Sierra Vista Visitor Center inside the Oscar Yrun Community Center or call (520) 417-6960.

Library expands Borrow-a-Bike program

After rolling out in December, the Sierra Vista Public Library’s Borrow-a-Bike program now offers a wider selection of bicycles and a longer lending period.

Initially patrons could check out a bike to be returned the same day and now library card holders can borrow them for up to three full days. The bicycles come with helmets, bike locks, and pocket Bicycle & Multi-Use Path Maps.

The library recently received several donated bikes from the community and Sierra Vista Fire & Medical Services, expanding its selection to include bike sizes suitable for all ages. Some mountain bikes are also available now, making it easier than ever to go check out the improvements at Garden Canyon Linear Park Trail.

 

“We’re thrilled to see this program pick up speed and hope it inspires more residents and visitors to explore our community’s extraordinary bicycle amenities and enjoy its pleasant climate,” Sierra Vista Public Library Manager Emily Scherrer says.

To learn more about the Borrow-a-Bike program, visit the Sierra Vista Public Library or call (520) 458-4225.