County set to dedicate bike trail

2013-11-18T16:45:00Z County set to dedicate bike trailArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Bike enthusiasts have something to look forward to this weekend as the county is set to open up additions to The Loop.

Pima County will dedicate what’s being named the Roy Schoonover Trailhead on Friday, Nov. 22.

Folks can ride about eight scenic miles along the Julian Wash, including the latest addition through Augie Acuña Los Niños Neighborhood Park.

The dedication begins at 10 a.m. at the trailhead along the Julian Wash Greenway, on the east side of Kolb Road and north of Interstate 10.

Refreshments and two celebratory bike rides will take place after the dedication.

Schoonover, 84, is a long-time bike enthusiast who has represented bicyclists on numerous committees and at countless meetings.

Larry Robinson, former head of the Facilities Subcommittee of the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, called Schoonover “one of bicycling's best advocates” in the request that the trailhead be named for him.

Schoonover was “instrumental in bringing The Loop to fruition,” Robinson wrote.

“In part because of his involvement and persistent vigilance, the project has gone from 35% in 2006 to a projected 85% completion in 2013.”

Construction on three other Julian Wash Greenway projects is expected to begin in the spring of 2014.

When completed, The Loop will total 131 miles and connect the Rillito, Santa Cruz, and Pantano River Parks with the Julian Wash and Harrison Greenways.

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