Photos: Rock River Trail in Beloit and Rock Falls receives trail markers

September 26, 2012

Brigit Brown, state trails coordinator, Wisconsin DNR (from left); Sheila De Forest, City of Beloit councilor and member of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council, Mark Spreitzer, vice-president, City of Beloit Council; Brian Ramsey, Director of Parks & Leisure Services for the City of Beloit, share a laugh after cutting the opening ribbon and presenting the Rock River Trail Water Trail sign for posting at the John Rose Canoe & Kayak Launch. (Photo by Frank Schier)

The opening ceremony for the Beloit section of the Rock River Trail Water Trail was held Wednesday, Sept. 12 at the John Rose Canoe & Kayak Launch, 534 Fourth St. (adjacent to the Chester Square Public Parking Lot and the Paddle and Trail store) in downtown Beloit, Wis. The ceremony was attended by (from left) Mark Spreitzer, vice president, City of Beloit Council; Sheila De Forest, City of Beloit councilor and member of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council; State Sen. Tim Cullen, (D-15); Helen Forbeck, field representative for U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-2); Brian Ramsey, director of Parks & Leisure Services for the City of Beloit; Brigit Brown, state trails coordinator, Wisconsin DNR; Spencer Waite, recreation supervisor, City of Beloit; John Kalkirtz, Senior Center supervisor, City of Beloit; Tyler Foster, producer, Shaun Zinck, reporter, Beloit Daily News; Shawn Fredericks, Beloit Memorial health and physical education teacher, School District of Beloit ; Water Loos, co-owner, Paddle & Trail; Therese Oldenburg, marketing and operations director, Paddle & Trail; Greg Farnham, coordinator, Rock River Trail Initiative. Larry Arft, city manager, City of Beloit (right) was one of several speakers, and he particularly appreciated all the local effort leading to this opening. Sen. Cullen spoke of his early years on the waterway and his current home on the Rock River in Janesville. (Photo by Frank Schier)

The Rock Falls section of the Rock River Trail Water Trail was opened Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Jim Arduini Boat Launch next to the Upper Dam and Hennepin Feeder Canal. Attending the ceremony were Diane S. Bausman, executive director, Blackhawk Waterways Convention and Visitors Bureau (from left); John Larson, scoutmaster, Rock Falls Boy Scout Troop 902; Julie Jacobs, administrations coordinator, Black Hawk Hills Regional Council; Mayor David Blanton, City of Rock Falls; David Schreiber, SAA Design Group and member of the Rock River Trail Initiative Council; Cathy Brunner, executive director, Rock Falls Tourism; Michael Sterba, director of Parks & Recreation, Coloma Township Park District. (Photo by Frank Schier)

From the Sept. 26-Oct. 2, 2012, issue

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