IL Heroes to be honored, ribbon cutting for new trail at Rend Lake

IL Heroes to be honored, ribbon cutting for new trail at Rend Lake
Rend Lake. (Source: KFVS/Cnews)

BENTON, IL (KFVS) - Two Franklin County, Illinois deputies will be honored for their acts of valor on Thursday, May 23.

The deputies saved a woman’s life at Rend Lake according to lake officials.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers St Louis District Commander Col. Bryan Sizemore will visit the Rend Lake Project Office and Visitor Center.

According to Rend Lake Project officials the Colonel will sign a partnership agreement for the North Marcum Improvement Project. The project includes construction of an archery complex and mountain bike trail.

Rend Lake’s partners that worked to complete the Pollinator Trail Project will also be in attendance and open the new area with a ribbon cutting.

Here is the schedule:

9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Welcome and Introductions (Operations Manager Jackie Taylor)

Recognition of Franklin County Deputies (COL Bryan Sizemore)

9:50 – 10:10 a.m. Project and Partner Summary (Operations Manager Jackie Taylor)

Signing of the North Marcum Improvement Partnership Agreement

(COL Bryan Sizemore and Partner Representatives Sign)

The North Marcum Improvement Project Partnership Agreement brings multiple local, regional, and national partners together to provide a 40 acre archery complex, including both a range and a trail, and 12+ miles of mountain bike trails.

10:10 – 10:30 a.m. Move to the Pollinator Trail

Project and Partner Contribution Summary (Park Ranger Cassie Magsig)

Recognition of the Pollinator Trail Project Partners (COL Bryan Sizemore)

Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of the Pollinator Trail Project

(All Trail Project Partners, Operations Manager Jackie Taylor, and COL Bryan Sizemore)

Visitors are getting a new 1200 foot long universally accessible trail around Catfish Cove Pond, four accessible fishing piers, a covered bench, a half mile long nature trail and five acres of native pollinator plantings all provided by 14 partners.

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