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Billings Trailnet finishes section of Skyline Trail on rims

Posted at 4:27 PM, Jul 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-26 19:12:56-04

A small section of a trail has been completed that may eventually become part of a trail that loops around Billings.

Crews finished a 750-foot portion between Zimmerman Place and Zimmerman Trail Road on Friday.

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Skyline Trail construction on Friday, July 24, 2020.
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Skyline Trail construction on July 24, 2020.

The three mile Skyline Trail will run from Zimmerman Park to Swords Park.

The plan is for it to be part of the 26.2 mile Marathon Trail Loop.

The city of Billings has been a partner on past projects.

This $85,000 section is the first financed solely by Billings Trailnet.

"Our first all by ourselves as Billings Trailnet with the help of a really generous sponsor, Dick Charboneau, who donated 60,000 dollars to the trail," said Kristi Drake, Billings Trailnet Executive Director.

"It's something that the whole community can enjoy and it makes my heart sing."

Finishing small sections helps can bring support for the whole trail system.

"It gives people a vision," Drake said. "This neighborhood (at Zimmerman Place) that we've got right next to us can now start using the trail."

The paved trail will can accommodate wheel chairs, strollers and bicycles.

"The rims are beautiful and they should be able to be accessed by everybody who would like to use them," she said.

Because of COVID-19, Trailnet's big fundraiser has been canceled and this year will be the "Ales for Trails Brewery Tour."

A $50 punch-card will be good for pints at 23 breweries to help Trailnet.

Information is on the Trailnet website.