The North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation recently hired Todd Dunfield as its new executive director. Dunfield took over the job last month, and he’s already working on some big projects. “The Centennial Trail is a regional treasure because it connects our entire community with 63 miles of walking and biking trail. By spanning two states and multiple cities, it provides a place to recreate next to the Spokane River and Lake Coeur d’Alene, while also providing a safe path to schools, parks, and a multitude of workplaces,” he says. Previously Dunfield worked for the Spokane Nordic Ski Association, which testifies to his experience and investment in the local outdoors community. He rides on the trail frequently, and has always been interested in contributing to the trail’s growth and development.
“My favorite part of the Centennial Trail is through McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene because there is so much to do there,” he says. “It has been a destination for my family for years. We have ridden our bikes from Spokane Valley to visit the splash pad, eat at the Bakery by the Lake and drink a few pints at Sweet Lou’s.”
Coincidently, McEuen Park hosts the next great project benefitting the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation: Ales for the Trail. It’s the Inland Northwest’s premier outdoor craft beer festival on August 12 featuring 28 breweries and 2 cideries all in support of the North Idaho Centennial Trail.
Looking ahead, Dunfield notes a couple trail updates to look for in the coming months. Pending funding from a recent Recreation Trails Program grant, the foundation hopes to repair problem sections and sealcoat the entire 23 miles of the North Idaho Centennial Trail this fall. The foundation also continues prioritizing completing the next mile of the Prairie Trail in Northwest Coeur d’Alene. Learn more about the foundation and its Ales for the Trail fundraiser at Alesforthetrail.org. //