Marion Mayor Steve Little presented McDowell Trails Association President Steve Pierce with a proclamation proclaiming 2023 the Year of the Trail in Marion, NC.
Marion and other municipalities across North Carolina are promoting the Year of the Trail in honor of North Carolina's existing and expanding trail systems.
Here's a copy of Mayor Steve Little's Proclamation:
2023 City of Marion, N.C.
YEAR OF THE TRAIL
WHEREAS, North Carolina's natural beauty is critical to its residents’ quality of life, health, and economic wellbeing; and
WHEREAS, the trails that span across our state and in Marion are an integral part of the recreational possibilities in North Carolina and promote an enjoyment of scenic beauty by our residents and our visitors; and
WHEREAS, the parks, greenways, trails, and natural areas across our state and in Marion are welcoming to all and provide a common ground for North Carolinians of all ages to access the state’s rich and diverse natural, cultural, historic resources; and
WHEREAS, the state’s nature trails vary from less than a mile in length to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that stretches more than 1,000 miles from the mountains to the coast; range from rugged footpaths on mountain ridges to bikeways along converted railway corridors, from canoe trails down our state's rivers to bridle trails in the rolling Piedmont, from trails through state parks to footpaths and greenways through local neighborhoods; and
WHEREAS, the City of Marion has made the development of trails a priority; understanding that outdoor recreation is vital to the health and wellness of residents and visitors to McDowell County and the State of North Carolina; and
WHEREAS, the North Carolina Trails Program is dedicated to helping residents, organizations, and agencies plan, develop and manage all types of trails ranging from greenways and trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding to paddle trails and off-road vehicle trails; and
WHEREAS, North Carolina is becoming known as the “Great Trails State;”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Stephen R. Little, Mayor of the City of Marion, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim 2023, as "THE YEAR OF THE TRAIL" in Marion, North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.
So Proclaimed on January 17, 2023.
Stephen R. Little, Mayor
City of Marion, North Carolina