Group effort blazes new trail

Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007

On behalf of the Tsalteshi Trails Association, I would like to thank the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and Wilder Construction for their generous donation of time, labor and material that culminated in the construction of the new parking lot and access to the Tsalteshi Trails off of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Carl High, the local DOT superintendent, was the catalyst with problem-solving skills and a can-do attitude who saw a situation what to do with the left-over gravel after the removal of the temporary bridge in Soldotna. He then came up with a solution: get it hauled a half mile down the road and then use it for this community service project.

Brian Gabriel and Mike Penrod, two DOT employees, also were instrumental in making this happen. Ken Simpson and Steve Sholin were part of the DOT crew who helped out.

Wilder Construction, the folks that built the bridge, generously donated much of the gravel used in this project to Tsalteshi Trails and then also paved the landing of our new driveway. We'd particularly like to thank John Sahlfeld for all of his help.

Thanks also to Dan Skipwith, who cleared the land in advance of the installation of the driveway and parking area. Marcus Mueller of the Kenai Borough Planning Department helped us design the lot and get borough approval for the improvement.

I am sure that I am leaving out the names of some other folks who had a hand in all of this; please know that your efforts are appreciated.

We'd like to invite the public to come and cross country ski the trails and use our new and convenient access across from United Rentals on K-Beach Road. Thanks to all.

James Bennett


Tsalteshi Trails Association

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