Three miles of new all-terrain vehicle trails opened at the Jim Creek Recreation Area recently, paid for mostly by a federal grant passed through the State to the Borough, some $71,985, in a State Recreation Trails Grant through the Dept. of Federal Highways. The Borough added to the grant with $17,996.
The trails are located off Sullivan Avenue in the community of Butte. Each loop progresses in its technical difficulty for the rider.
Mayor Vern Halter, Assembly Members Steve Colligan and Jim Sykes, and Borough Manager John Moosey, and ATV trail advocates together cut the ribbon for the new trails.
"It was by far one of the best and most fun projects I have ever worked on during my career in parks and recreation," wrote Hugh Leslie, Borough Recreation & Library Services Manager. "I am sure it will be a big attraction out at the Jim Creek Lot for years to come."
Borough civil engineer Rick Antonio was project manager. The Boutet Co. designed the loops. Spernak and Son built the trails. Total cost $86,985.
Watch the Jim Creek ATV Trails video.