April 10, 2012
Trail now continuous from Madison to Waukesha, project spanned 26 years
MADISON - The Glacial Drumlin State Trail, a 52-mile walking and biking path in Wisconsin, will now stretch continuously from Madison to Waukesha. GE Healthcare has donated the final portion of land needed to complete the project, from Cottage Grove to Madison.
"This trail project, 26 years in the making, is now complete thanks to the generosity of the landowners along the corridor," said Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp. "I want to personally thank GE Healthcare for their donation and for their commitment to making Wisconsin such a great place to live, work and play."
The wooded land donated by GE Healthcare begins east of Interstate 90, and runs east for nearly a half-mile.
Working with Dane County, the City of Madison and the Village of Cottage Grove, DNR will now begin the planning process leading to opening the trail for users. It is uncertain when the trail will be officially ready for use.
Development of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, which runs on an abandoned railroad corridor, began in 1986. It currently travels through 10 small towns from Cottage Grove to Waukesha, but will soon extend to Madison. It is estimated that the trail has about 200,000 users per year.
DNR worked very closely with GE and now officially owns the land, but GE retains access rights to the land should it ever be needed in the future.
"From the moment I spoke with the DNR about their need and intent for this parcel of land, I knew it was something special and that we had to make it happen," said Todd Reynolds, facilities manager at GE Healthcare in Madison, and a member of the team that worked to contribute the land. "There is a very strong connection between the trail, GE Corporate's HealthAhead programs, and our culture of providing a positive impact in the community. Our employees and people in the community will benefit from the land contribution in many ways for years to come."
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dana White-Quam, DNR (608) 275-3302, Bob Manwell, DNR, 608-264-9248 or Brittany Darga, GE Healthcare (414) 721-3945