Davis County celebrates National Trails Day

Jun 2 2012 - 10:28pm

Layton -- The theme of the day on Saturday at the Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail was to dress up like a superhero in honor of National Trails Day.

For 58-year-old Barbara Bloomfield, of Clearfield, her three grandkids were already superheroes for biking all the way from Clearfield to Layton on the trail that runs through in Davis County.

The kids stopped at the Layton check-in point to get free samples of frozen yogurt along with sandwiches and bottled water. They were treated to few prizes before they continued on to Farmington.

"If they make it to the end, they'll be heroes," said Bloomfield.

To celebrate National Trails Day, Clinton, Clearfield, Layton, Kaysville and Farmington set up check-in stops along the D&RGW Rail Trail for participants to enjoy trail-related activities. Organizers also wanted to get the word out about the trail, which is fairly new to the community.

A little over a year old, the trail travels nearly 14 miles as an attraction for walkers, runners, bikers, skateboarders and inline skaters. Hundreds of people passed through the Layton section of the trail.

However, with free fishing day statewide and several other activities going on in the county, the numbers were down slightly from last year, said Layton City Parks and Recreation officials. Either way, the parks staff was excited to see so many people participating.

"I personally want them to see that we have a whole trail system that links up our city throughout our neighboring cities and that people have an option for getting around without getting in the car," said parks planner Scott Carter. "I think once they get out and see what is available, it will plant a seed and they'll see how much better it is to walk a trail that is pristine, safe and quiet."

The Bloomfields know exactly what it means to be biking on a safe trail. When they first started biking with their grandkids, their 4-year-old granddaughter at the time darted into the road right in front of a car.

"This trail gives me a place to take my grandkids and not worry about one of them getting hit by a car," said Bloomfield.

She was thrilled when the cities in Davis County started putting in bike trails, especially becasue she frequently hauls their bikes up to Washington state when they visit their son and use the bike trails there.

Her 14-year-old granddaughter also enjoys riding her bike on the trail, albeit for other reasons.

"I like it because it's a lot of open space and you can just go and don't have to wait for stoplights," said Shyanne Durrant.

Layton resident Gaylen Holt, 40, was enjoying the trail on his longboard while his 8-year-old son skateboarded. The two were enjoying time with their boards over at the skate section of Ellison Park in Layton when they decided to head over to the trail and enjoy some of the activities.

"It's really a smooth trail for a longboard," said Holt, who also uses the trail to bike to and from his job in Ogden.

One of the activities along the trail included a superhero scavenger hunt where kids could find pictures along the trail of different superheroes. Michelle Harrison, 36, of Kaysville, and her three kids, all dressed up as superheroes, were looking forward to participating in the trails activities.

They weren't new to the trail though as they live only a block away from it.

"We love the trail because there are a lot of animals around, old rail signs, lots of shady trees and especially, no traffic," Harrison said.

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