This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.
Since 1992, The Delaware Trail Spinners have donated over 10,000 hours to trail improvements in their state and neighboring Maryland as well as contributed $29,000 towards trail construction.
The Delaware Trail Spinners organization was founded in 1992 over concern that Northern New Castle County, Delaware, trails were in danger of being closed to mountain biking. With the perception that mountain bikers were irresponsible destroyers of nature, the members began to volunteer to improve and maintain park trails.They are working hard to dispel misconceptions involving mountain bikers harming trails.
Today, the non-profit organization focuses volunteerism, environmental stewardship, fostering trail networks, trails (for all) advocacy and educational outreach. From June 1, 2008 to May 31, 2010 the Spinners have: 1) volunteered 10,750 hours improving 55+ trail miles in three Delaware parks; and maintained 100 trail miles in a neighboring Maryland park; and 2) contributed $29,000 in materials and supplies for trail construction in Delaware alone.
Their exemplary community service, dedication to an environmentally and socially sustainable network of trails, commitment to community livability and the benefits derived by resident and visiting trail users (because of their volunteerism) are highly commendable and reasons why the Delaware Trail Spinners deserve the American Trails Trail Worker Award for Delaware.