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• Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Join us Saturday, September 19, 2015 for the 10th Annual Friends of the Trails Fun’d Ride. This year’s rides (15 mile, 37 mile, 67 mile) will begin and end at South Side Boat Club and will be held in conjunction with the Quincy 5 Miler event.

Register online for this year’s event or print a registration form and mail it. Early registration ends September 4th. Registration includes a meal and drink ticket. Early registration guarantees a shirt in your size. For more information please contact Friends of the Trails at friendsofthetrails@gmail.com.

Register online here.

Print a registration form here.

Route Maps
15 Mile Route Map
15 Mile Route Description
15 Mile Route Historic Stops
37 Mile Route Map
37 Mile Route Description
67 Mile Route Map
67 Mile Route Description

*Helmets are required.

Category: General
• Thursday, December 19th, 2013

First Bankers Trust Makes Second Large Donation to Bill Klingner Trail Fundraising Campaign

Only $19,000 Left to Raise to meet $500,000 Goal

Quincy, IL  – First Bankers Trust recently made a second large donation to the Complete Bill Klingner Trail (formerly Cedar Creek Trail) Campaign bringing their total contribution to $8,000. This is the second installment of a $12,000 pledge. The organization joins many other individuals and organizations that have pledged their support to the campaign which will fund the construction of the trail from 12th street to 5th street. The campaign began in the spring of 2012 with a goal of $500,000 by December 31, 2014. The Friends of the Trails is leading the fundraising effort and if the goal is achieved the Quincy Park Board has committed to match the funds.

 

“We’ve made significant progress in this effort in a short amount of time,” said campaign co-chairman Terry Anastas. “The generosity of this community is astounding and we can’t say enough about businesses like First Bankers Trust who continue to invest in this project.”

The concept of the Bill Klingner Trail was developed in the 1940’s as part of a plan to increase city parks and protect greenways throughout the city.  When the Quincy Greenway & Trails Plan was adopted in the late 1990’s, efforts began to construct the trail. When completed a multi-use trail will connect 36th Street and Bonansinga Drive. The construction of this trail will ensure the Cedar Creek Corridor remains undeveloped and accessible to the community for years to come.

“This trail is an investment in our community, in our environmental sustainability, and in our future,” said Friends of the Trails Board President Cullan Duke. “Completing this trail isn’t just about checking something off a to do list, it’s about realizing the dream of a group of forward-thinking individuals who, 70 years ago, realized the positive impact this trail would have on our city.”

The Friends of the Trails will continue to raise funds with the hope that the $500,000 goal will be met in early 2014. To accomplish this they continue to turn to the community for support. If you would like to help in the fundraising effort, please send a donation to Friends of the Trails, P.O. Box 184, Quincy, IL 62306 or donate online at www.friendsofthetrails.org.

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Category: General
• Monday, November 12th, 2012

Friends of the Trails starts drive to build second phase of Cedar Creek Trail

As printed in the Quincy Herald Whig on November 9, 2012 
By DON O’BRIEN                                                                                                                    Herald-Whig Staff Writer

 

Terry Anastas knows the value of Quincy’s parks.

“Growing up in Quincy, I’ve always used Quincy’s park system,” Anastas said. “They are a great asset for the community.”

A member of the Friends of the Trails, Anastas is hopeful others who share his passion will be willing to contribute to the next phase of the Cedar Creek Trail project.

The Friends of the Trails is starting its drive to raise $500,000 so that the next section of Cedar Creek Trail can be built from 12th to Fifth streets. Anastas, one of the chairmen for the fund drive, says the campaign already is off to a good start.

He said the group already has secured cash donations and pledges in excess of $250,000. The Friends of the Trails has until Dec. 31, 2014, to raise the $500,000. If the group is successful, the Quincy Park District will match that total. The Park District Board agreed in February that it would match the total through the use of general obligation or alternate bonds within 24 months after the Friends of the Trail makes its donation.

Anastas said the Friends of the Trails has three major backers already — Blessing Health System, the Quincy Medical Group Foundation and the Quincy Rotary Foundation. The Friends of the Trails is having the Quincy Park Foundation Inc. act as its fiscal sponsor. The Friends of the Trails is able to use the foundation’s tax-exempt status to collect donations. As a result, money donated to the project can be used as a tax deduction by people or groups that donate.

The first phase of the project opened in summer 2009. The asphalt-covered trail is near Bob Mays Park at 18th and Kochs Lane. It’s a mile long and stretches between 12th to 18th streets. The second phase of the trail has been in limbo for more than two years because of the lack of state and federal grants.

According to the Quincy Greenways and Trails Plan developed in 1999, the Cedar Creek Trail would be built from Bonansinga Drive near the Mississippi River to 36th Street.

Donors are able to pick various donation levels. They are:

º One foot of trail, $350.

º One yard of trail, $1,000.

º One rod (16.5 feet) of trail, $5,000.

º One chain (66 feet) of trail, $20,000.

º One bridge, $100,000.

Donors also have the ability to make a one-time gift of any denomination.

The original idea for the trail dates to the late 1940s and is credited to Bill Klingner.

Early Donors
People and businesses that have pledged at least $1,000 to the Friends of the Trails fund drive for the next phase of the Cedar Creek Trail:

  • Quincy Rotary Club
  • Quincy Medical Group Healthcare Foundation
  • Blessing Health System
  • First Bankers Trust
  • Mike and Barb Klingner
  • Klingner and Associates
  • Terry and Kathy Anastas
  • State Street Bank
  • Quincy Exchange Club
  • Madison-Davis Bike Shop
  • Central State Bank
  • Anonymous
— dobrien@whig.com/221-3370
Category: General
• Wednesday, August 08th, 2012

The 7th Annual Bicycle Fun’d Ride is just around the corner! 

Where: Bob Mays Park

When: August 18, 2012

This annual poker run is a great way to stay active and experience the city of Quincy’s trailways while having fun and supporting further development of the trailways!  The cycling portion of the event will have four different distances for participants to choose from, including 5, 15, 33, and 63-mile routes.  Bicycle routes are posted online at www.quincybicycleclub.org.

Bicycle start times:

  • 63-mile participants between 6:15-6:30 am
  • 33-mile participants between 8:00-8:30 am
  • 15-mile participants between 10:00-10:30 am
  • 5-mile participants between 10:30-11:00 am (The 5-mile is a youth friendly route)

All riders participating are required to start their designated route during the designated time frame and must wear a helmet.

Costs for the event are $18 for adults and children over 14 and $8 for children under 14.  You must have your registration in before August 10, 2012. If registering after August 10, 2012 cost of the event is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 14.

The first 175 participants registered will receive a complimentary T-shirt.  The Friends of the Trails will be awarding prizes for the three best card hands for cyclists. Trivia questions at each card stop will test your knowledge on Friends of the Trails, Quincy, and bike rules of the road.  Snacks and lunch will be available at the park for participants after they finish their ride for participants to enjoy.  Come out and join friends or family for a relaxing morning to explore Quincy.  Grab your bikes and join us in Bob Mays Park for a day of fun and exercise.

Registration forms are available at Madison Davis Bicycle Shop. Though pre-registration is encouraged, all cyclists may also register the morning of the ride.

Thank you to the following sponsors: Anderson Graphics; City of Quincy; Diamond Construction Company; Great River Economic Development Foundation; Hinkamper’s Ice; Hy-Vee Grocery; Images Offset Printing; Madison-Davis Bicycle Shop; Western Illinois Martial Arts; Mays, Walden, and Anastas; State Street Bank; Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Quincy Bicycle Club; Quincy Medical Group; Quincy Park District; Refreshment Services Pepsi;  Sam’s Club; Scotties Fun Spot; and Stratton Chiropractic.

Category: General
• Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Thanks to generous donations from Awerkamp Machine, Quincy Exchange Club, and Signs in Time, Quincy’s Lincoln Heritage Trail project is complete!  The last component of the project included installation of trail signage, and 30 directional signs have been placed along the trail, guiding people to the next historic Lincoln site.  History buffs can now enjoy all the enhancements to the debate site, the 18 Looking for Lincoln waysides, and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center with comfort and ease! 

This project has provided a lasting tribute to Lincoln’s ties with Quincy, and it could not have been completed without the support of our community and their commitment to enhancing historic Quincy.

The Lincoln Heritage Trail is part of a statewide ’Looking for Lincoln’ heritage initiative.  Quincy is one of twenty communities participating in this historic story trail.  Other communities include Lincoln, Alton, Pittsfield, Springfield, and more.  For more information about Quincy and other communities, be sure to check out www.lookingforlincoln.com

Thank you again to our sponsors!  Quincy Exchange Club www.quincyexchangeclub.com, Awerkamp Machine Company www.awerkamp.com, and Signs in Time .

Category: General
• Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

The 6th Annual Fun’d Ride is upon us!

Where: Bob Mays Park 
When: August 20, 2011

This annual poker run is a great way to stay active and experience the city of Quincy’s trailways.  The cycling portion of the event will have four different distances for cyclists.  We will have 5, 15, 36, and 67-mile routes for participants to choose from.  The 67-mile participants will start between 6:15-7:00am.  The 36-mile participants will take off between 8-8:30am.  The 15-mile riders will take off between 10-10:30am and the 5-mile participants will leave between 10:30-11:00am.  All riders participating are required to start their designated route during the designated time frame and must wear a helmet.

Costs for the event are $18 for adults and children over 14 and $8 for children under 14.  You must have your registration in before August 10, 2011.

If registering after August 10, 2011 cost of the event is $25 for adults and $10 for children under 14.

The first 150 participants registered will receive a complimentary T-shirt.  The Friends of the Trails will be awarding prizes for the best three hands for cyclists. There will be a trivia portion added to the event this year to test your knowledge on Friends of the Trails and the rules of the road.   After each participant finishes their portion of the event there will be snacks for all participants to enjoy.  So come out and join friends or family for a relaxing morning to explore Quincy.  Grab your bikes and join us in Bob Mays Park for a day of fun and exercise.

Click here to go to the University of Illinois Extension Adams/Brown website to register online!  Registration forms are available at Madison Davis Bicycle Shop, Univeristy of Illinois Extension Office, Planning & Development, and YMCA.

Thank you to the following sponsors Diamond Construction Company; Mid-West Abstract;  Madison-Davis Bicycles; City of Quincy; Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Quincy Park District;  Stratton Chiropractic; Quincy Medical Group Max; Images Offset Printing; the Quincy Bicycle Club; Anderson Graphics; Mays, Walden, and Anastas; State Street Bank; Western Catholic Union; Great River Economic Development Foundation; Pepsi; and University of Illinois Extension Adams/Brown Unit.

Category: General
• Friday, January 28th, 2011

January 2011

The Friends of the Trails board conducted nominations for new officers and board members.  Cullan Duke accepted the position of president, replacing Greg Davis.  Holly Cain was replaced as vice president by Terry Anastas.  Chuck Bevelheimer was re-elected as secretary.  Jennifer Sousa replaced Beth Conte as treasurer. 

Friends of the Trails also welcomed Carrie Kimber, Community Wellness Coordinator for Quincy Medical Group, as a new board member. 

A big thanks goes out to the former officers and members who have diligently served their organization, and best of luck to our new officers and members!

Category: General
• Saturday, August 21st, 2010

The 5th Annual Friends of the Trails Bicycle Fun’d Ride will be held August 21, 2010 at Bob Mays Park.  This annual poker run is a great way to stay active and experience the city of Quincy’s trail ways.  The cycling portion of the event will have four different distances for cyclists.  We will have 5, 15, 36, and 67-mile routes for participants to choose from.  The 67-mile participants will start between 6:15-7:00am.  The 36-mile participants will take off between 8-8:30am.  The 15-mile riders will take off between 10-10:30am and the 5-mile participants will leave between 10:30-11:00am.  All riders participating are required to start their designated route during the designated time frame and must wear a helmet.

Cost for the event are $18 for singles, $12 for children under 14, and $50 for families or groups of 3 to 5.  You must have your registration in before August 10, 2010.

If registering on the day of the event or after August 10, 2010 cost of the event is $20 for singles, $15 for children under 14, and $60 for families or groups of 3-5.

The first 150 participants registered will receive a complimentary T-shirt.  The Friends of the Trails will be awarding prizes for the best three hands for cyclists. There will be a trivia portion added to the event this year to test your knowledge on Friends of the Trails and the rules of the road.   After each participant finishes their portion of the event there will be snacks for all participants to enjoy.  So come out and join friends or family for a relaxing morning to explore Quincy.  Grab your bikes and join us in Bob Mays Park for a day of fun and exercise.

Registration forms are available at Madison Davis Bicycle Shop, Univeristy of Illinois Extension Office, Planning & Development, and YMCA.

Thank you to the following sponsors Diamond Construction Company; Mid-West Abstract;  Madison-Davis Bicycles; City of Quincy; Quincy Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Quincy Park District;  Stratton Chiropractic; Quincy Medical Group Max; Images Offset Printing; the Quincy Bicycle Club; Anderson Graphics; Mays, Walden, and Anastas; State Street Bank; Western Catholic Union; Great River Economic Development Foundation; Pepsi; and University of Illinois Extension Adams/Brown Unit.

Category: General
• Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

On January 13th the Friends of the Trails honored Anderson Graphics and Images Offset Printing for their exemplary service to the organization over the past several years for donating their services to the Annual Friends of the Trails Bicycle Fun’d Ride.  Anderson Graphics operated by Paul Anderson since 1987, has provided the screen printing for the event T-shirts these past couple years.  This encompasses a donation of around $3,000 to the organization in services provided.   Paul says, “It is just one of my hobbies.”  He says he enjoys helping the organization since his son, John, is a cyclist and helps with the ride each year.

Images Offset Printing, which was established in November of 1987, has donated several services to the Friends of the Trail in connection with the Annual Bicycle Fun’d Ride.  Deb Esneault, owner of Images Offset Printing and avid cyclist, has helped print the poker cards, registration forms, flyers, and maps for the event each year.  The company donates the events T-shirts for the volunteers and riders, and Deb and her husband Mark volunteer their personal services each year to be the SAG drivers on the cycling routes.  They drive around their personal vehicles and pick up any riders who may have mechanical difficulties with their bikes or provide other services necessary to help the cyclists. Deb and Mark Esneault had this to say when asked why they help, “Images is dedicated to the promotion of bikeways for fitness and for family activities.  Through community support, we hope other businesses in the area will recognize the benefits of bikeways, as have those of other larger communities.”   Images Offset Printing has donated over $3,000 worth of services to the Friends of the Trails Annual Bike Ride.

Both of these community businesses make the Friends of the Trails Annual Bicycle Fun’d Ride a reality and have contributed to its amazing success over the past four years.  This has allowed Friends of the Trails to be able to raise more money from the event in order to help continue to build the trail way system.  We cannot express our gratitude enough for these valuable community members.

Category: General
• Wednesday, October 07th, 2009

Friends of the Trails is in the process of placing 30 hitch series bicycle racks in the downtown area. The funding was provided by the Illinois Maine Street Program.

The majority of the racks have been placed along Maine Street in the downtown area between 3rd and 12th Street. The bicycle racks each hold two bicycles and are located on city-right-a-way.

If you have not had a chance to use the new bicycle racks, please take the time to ride along Maine Street and see the improvements that have beautified the downtown area and visit the local area businesses.

The bicycle racks are displayed in the picture to the right. They are about 35 inches tall.   There is a portable rack at the Quincy Art Center and at City Hall that are available. We also just collaborated with Hy-Vee on Harrison to place two bicycle racks at their location.

If you are a business within the Quincy area and would like a bicycle rack at your location please feel free to give Jennifer Sousa a call at 217-228-4514 or e-mail her atjearnold@quincyil.gov .

Friends of the Trails does have a limited number of racks left and would be happy to see if the rack can be secured in your location.

Bicycle Rack Locations

Brown Drug Co.
Quincy Medical Group
Maxwell & Bellis Photographers
TNT Golf Car & Equipment
Blumin’ Express Florist
Viar Electronics
Old Knights of Columbus Building
First Bank Plaza
Quincy Catholic Charities
Dollar General
100 N. 5th Street
Mercantile Trust & Savings
Charlie Ann’s Shooz & Accessories
Heimer & Assoc.
Orville Browning Substation
831 Maine St.
Quincy Area Convention &
Visitors Bureau
Adams County Court House
Quincy Art Center
City Hall
HY-VEE on Harrison
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