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Great Sauk State Trail completed through former Badger property

 

November 1, 2018

Cody Amble

The second phase of the Great Sauk State Trail opened with a ribbon cutting Friday, October 26. Former Governor Tommy Thompson and representatives from the Ho-Chunk Nation, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Friends of the Great Sauk State Trail, and lead donors cut the ribbon. The second phase of the Great Sauk State Trail begins at the southern property line of the former Badger Army Ammunition Plant and exits the northern edge. Most of the property is now divided between the Ho-Chunk Nation, the United States Department of Agriculture Dairy Forage Research Center, and the Wisconsin Department of Resources. The trail provides access to the new Sauk Prairie Recreation Area. Construction of the second phase was funded by Sauk County and the Friends of the Great Sauk State Trail. At the ribbon cutting, the Friends of the Great Sauk State Trail presented a $500,000 check to Sauk County. The Friends of the Great Sauk State Trail raised nearly $900,000 to complete the first two phases of construction and purchase amenities and safety features along the trail. Lead donors for the year-long capital campaign included Culver Franchising, Inc., the Ho-Chink Nation, the Bank of Prairie du Sac, Sauk Prairie Healthcare Foundation, Darlene Ballweg, and the Prairie Clinic. Sauk Prairie has been dreaming of this trail for decades and is thrilled about the access it provides to the beautiful Wisconsin River and the new Sauk Prairie Recreation Area, said Jeff Wright, President of the Friends of the Great Sauk Trail, in a statement. "This enthusiasm has fueled our efforts to raise the necessary funds to complete the trail."



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