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Optimism drives construction of trail toward park

We offer our congratulations to community leaders, volunteer groups, and units of government for their work on the Morrison-Rockwood Recreational Trail, which will be dedicated Thursday.

Published: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 8:40 a.m. CDT

While a pessimist says the glass is half empty, an optimist says the glass is half full.

Well, the Morrison-Rockwood Recreational Trail's first eight-tenths of a mile has been finished. It will be dedicated Thursday.

The remaining mile-long stretch remains to be built.

So, is the trail half unfinished or is it halfway completed?

Optimistically, we'll side with the halfway-completed crowd.

It took plenty of optimism and vision to take on a project to connect the city of Morrison with the Morrison-Rockwood State Park to the north by constructing a trail that can be used by bicyclists, snowmobilers, pedestrians and dog walkers.

It took time (about 10 years) and money (more than $220,000) to bring the project this far.

And it took cooperation among various private groups and units of government to make it happen.

A grand opening dedication and reception is planned for noon Thursday, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to take place at the intersection of Crosby and Norrish roads, where the trail begins.

It's a big event, so Morrison's mayor and state senator will be there, along with representatives from other groups, including the League of Illinois Bicyclists.

During the day, about 200 League bicyclists on tour will traverse the newly dedicated trail. (Talk about a tourism draw!) Kids can register for free bikes (one boy and one girl will win), and there will be refreshments, among other things.

We encourage the public to attend Thursday's dedication, thank those involved in creating the trail, and resolve to make good use of it.

And, we encourage the coalition of groups and governmental units to optimistically forge ahead to make the rest of the trail a reality.

Then, that fabled glass will be filled to the brim, and optimists across the region will have reason to smile.

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