CROSS PLAINS –
A stop along the 1000-mile long Ice Age Trail, Cross Plains, will soon also be the new home for the Ice Age Park and Tail Foundation (IAPTF).
The foundation’s mission is to promote and advance the Ice Age Trail, which is one of eight national scenic trails and traverses a Wisconsin landscape sculpted 13,000 years ago by glacial ice.
Groundbreaking for the new headquarters, located at 2110 Main Street (Hwy. 14), Cross Plains is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, July 7, 2008. Wisconsin DNR Secretary, Matt Frank, and Dane County Executive, Kathleen Falk will give remarks, along with Mike Wollmer, Director of the IAPTF, and local dignitaries. A reception will follow the groundbreaking at the site. Rain location is at the Rosemary Garfoot Public Library, 2107 Julius Street (798-3881).
The Ice Age Trail traces the geographic margins of Wisconsin’s last glaciation, a defining geological and biological character of much of the State. It was designated a national scenic trail after nomination by Wisconsin Congressman Henry Reuss in 1980. Under the guidance of the IAPTF, volunteers throughout the state are developing the trail into a premier hiking destination.
“With the natural resources in and surrounding our community, the IAPTF Headquarters is a natural fit and helps create the identity of Cross Plains as Gateway to the Driftless Area,” said Mike Schutz, Village President.
The Cross Plains Lions Club is moving the foundation from its current location in Madison to a temporary location on Bourbon Road until the new headquarters is completed.