Roughly 40 years after starting a trail and just a few months after finishing it, a handful of La Cañadans have been recognized for their role in creating a one-of-a-kind feature for residents and visitors: the 12-mile nature trail that circles the city and connects to trails in county and federal parklands.
The California Trails Conference Foundation, a nonprofit that works with the California Department of Parks and Recreation, offered its Award for a Project (Construction), a top award, to members of the La Cañada Flintridge Trails Council at the 27th annual California Trails and Greenways Conference last month.
The Trails Council is the local association of nature-loving locals that has helped propel La Cañada's trail efforts since incorporation in 1976. Members on hand for the award ceremony on April 19 included President Ted Stork and members Randy Strapazon, Mary Barrie and Liz Blackwelder.
“It is actually is a big deal in the trail world,” Strapazon said. “The state gives out an award for a particularly long-term effort … and not many people have a 40-year effort that comes to fruition.”