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City Hosts Peggy Mensinger Trail Dedication/RibbonCutting

The City of Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods Department will
host a Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for the Peggy Mensinger
Trail on Saturday, October 26, 11:00 a.m., at the picnic structure in
East La Loma Park, 2001 Edgebrook Drive, just west of El Vista Avenue in
Modesto.

The dedication portion of the ceremony will commemorate the naming of
the entire five miles of trail from Kewin Park on the west to Claus Road
on the east as the Peggy Mensinger Trail. Peggy Mensinger served on the
Modesto City Council from 1973 to 1979 and was Mayor from 1979 to 1987.
During Mrs. Mensinger's tenure, most of the approximately 90 acres of
public land for the regional parks along Dry Creek was acquired. East La
Loma Park, where the ceremony will take place, was developed during the
1980s during Mrs. Mensinger's term as Mayor.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will officially open a newer three-mile
section of the trail from El Vista Avenue to Claus Road. The majority of
construction costs were paid for with a Transportation Enhancement
Activity grant administered by the State of California.

"The five-mile Peggy Mensinger Trail provides a wonderful non-motorized
transportation link within Modesto's Dry Creek Regional Park. The
completion of this trail provides citizens of Modesto with a non-stop,
unique hiking or bicycling experience along a preserved, natural
corridor from downtown Modesto on the west to Claus Road on the east,"
said Doug Critchfield, Manager of Parks Planning and Development for
Modesto Parks, Recreation and Neighborhoods. "It is appropriate that the
trail be named in honor of Peggy Mensinger to recognize her service to
Modesto and commitment to creating the regional park and trail system
along Dry Creek."

For more information, contact Bob Ford at 577-5437 or e-mail:
bford@modestogov.com