By Tim Kowols
A Sturgeon Bay resident hopes the recent announcement of the Ahnapee Trail extension between Utah and Michigan streets is more than just the beginning when it comes to address the county’s master bicycle and pedestrian plan. The county commissioned a study back in 2013 to look at ways to improve the trails countywide to make the area even more attractive to cyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts living or visiting here. Paul Anschutz poured over 100 hours of time into efforts to get the Ahnapee Trail extended, which included applying for grants and writing to advocacy groups and officials from local and state government. Anschutz says Door County Highway Commissioner John Kolodziej and members of the bike committee should be more active getting additional funding to improve passage and extend paths as listed in the county’s master plan.
According to Anschutz, the Ahnapee Trail extension would not have been possible without the efforts of the late George Pinney, Tom Huber,Senior Planner – Toole Design, Kelly Cox, Assistant General Counsel – Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Brigit Brown, State Trails Coordinator-Wisconsin DNR, Kelly Raleigh-Moses, Parks and Recreation Specialist-Wisconsin DNR, Christine Halibur, Northeast Wisconsin Grants & Loans Team Leader-Wisconsin DNR, Jean Romback-Bartels , Secretary’s Director-Wisconsin DNR, and Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director-Wisconsin Bike Federation.