This award is given in recognition of successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trail planning, trail protection, trail development, or maintenance.
Cecilia has been the key person revitalizing interest in urban, suburban and unpaved trails throughout Leavenworth County, Kansas. Although there have been earlier initiatives. They have failed to sustain community involvement and support.
In recent decades, Leavenworth County has been significantly behind other nearby counties in the Kansas City Metro area, with regards to trail development and a comprehensive master plan at the county level.
Cecilia has stepped forward to address these gaps and help create a Leavenworth County that will be the ‘go to’ place for residents and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Cecilia drove the formation of a Leavenworth County Trails Committee that includes trail enthusiasts from most major user categories, as well as city and county leaders.
With Cecilia’s leadership and support, the larger team has been active in promoting trails within the county by:
As the work of the Trails Committee grew and became more focused, Cecilia also drove the formation of a Trails Sub-Committee to:
Cecilia is an active outdoor enthusiast herself, including being a fitness runner. Without her drive and dedication, the successes that area communities have recently had would have been far more difficult to achieve: