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NEW TRAILS: Garst Farm Groundbreaking

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Officials at the Whiterock Conservancy are using Earth Day to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for a new trail in central Iowa.

The Conservancy is planning to build 35 miles of soft dirt trails, 16 miles of mountain bike trails, six miles of equestrian trails, and 12 miles of double tracks that will accommodate utility vehicles like Gators. The site is the historic Garst farm near Coon Rapids.

The groundbreaking and tree-planting ceremony will kick off construction of the $4.8 million project.

A visitor center will also be renovated to provide meeting and event space.

"So it's gonna be a great trail system. It's going to open up this vast White Rock Land Scape 5,000 acres to just about anyone who'd like to come here and enjoy it,” says Conrad Kramer, Executive Director of the Conservancy.

The ground breaking is at 1:30 Tuesday afternoon at the Turkey Ridge campground.