Linn County Trails Association

LCTA is an all-volunteer organization supporting the development of nature trails for recreation and commuting in Linn County, Iowa.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

LCTA/HBA Joint Ride

Amy Reasner writes:

Greetings! We have another opportunity for a joint event with Hawkeye Bicycle Association (HBA)!

Would any LCTA members be willing to set up at the CVNT Hiawatha trail head at around 9:30 a.m. Saturday May 12th with our banner and hand out bottled water, granola bars and our new trail maps? I think we should stay for the riders' return, too. You would probably be done around 11:30 or so. Two or three volunteers should be plenty, one with a cooler/ice for the water.

Please email me if you are able to help. This joint venture will be a great chance to meet new trail users/supporters. Even if you cannot assist (or you want to ride!), please post this at your work-place or forward it to friends/family who might want to go on the ride. Let's get a big crowd for the event!!!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Keep Linn County Beautiful -- Volunteers Needed

Jim Healy writes the following:

I called the contact person (Kristin) at the number indicated to inquire about LCTA getting volunteers to do Cedar Lake again. While she was grateful for our willingness to organize a group, she explained her dilemma. The last couple years they had many energetic and welcomed volunteers. Among the individuals and groups are quite a number with children. Children are not allowed to work the I-380 right-of-way for safety and liability reasons. Therefore, these groups like to volunteer for parks and trail areas. As a result, they have been short of volunteers in some areas (particularly along I-380) and long in others.

This year LCTA is taking a different approach. The Keep Linn County Beautiful organization does a magnificent job of organizing the event and assigning individuals to areas that need attention. Rather than duplicate and complicate the registration process, I encourage you to register as individuals according to the instructions in the article below.

Just showing up is also an option. Your pre-registration will improve your probability of getting a tee-shirt. When you register you can also designate your preference for an area to work. The most important thing is to "get-er-done!"

Thank you for your willingness to participate and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Jim Healy

Linn County Trails Association



Warmer weather reveals trash and litter that has accumulated along our roadsides, waterways and in our parks over the winter. Pitch in to clean up Linn County by participating in the fourth annual Keep Linn County Beautiful I-380 Cleanup April 22. Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome.

The cleanup event kicks off at 12:30 pm with registration at Veteran's Memorial Stadium. Volunteers will be assigned cleanup locations, pick up bags, and receive safety instructions. Volunteers will clean up portions of I-380, McCloud Run, Cedar Lake, and area parks. A Free picnic for volunteers will be hosted at Veterans Memorial Stadium at 3 pm with the generous
support of our sponsors.

Pre-registration is recommended. Same day registration is available, however T-shirts are limited. For more information or to pre-register log on to or call 365-9941 ext. 26.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

New Trail Maps

Thanks to the hard work by many volunteers over the winter months, the 2007 Metro Area Trails Guide maps have been printed and are available now. Check out your nearest LCTA Map Box on the trails to get a copy.

The information on the map is also available on the LCTA web site at