Transportation Recreation Alternatives in Louisiana (TRAIL)
Our area is lucky to have grass-roots organizations made up of people who are committed to the betterment of the community. One of those groups that we’re fortunate to have on our side is TRAIL (Transportation Recreation Alternatives in Louisiana).
Their dedication lies in building and maintaining outdoor recreation events and facilities in South Louisiana. They aim to make Acadiana a more enticing place to live, work, and visit. They focus on the enhancement of parks, paths, and trails for hiking, walking, biking, kayaking, and canoeing to promote positive lifestyles.
TRAIL is a non-profit organization that works alongside government agencies, individuals, and developers to help build and maintain the area’s recreational facilities. Why? Because they recognize the need for the improvement of the general/casual recreation areas in our beautiful spaces. Louisiana has an advantage over other parts of the nation in that the weather lends ease to year-round running, hiking, and biking activities.
TRAIL acknowledges that there needs to be more apparent passages to thoroughly appreciate the opportunities in which South Louisiana outdoor activities have to offer.
TRAIL’s Board of Directors and Advisors work tirelessly on events and projects that the community can benefit from. Their mission is broad in terms of coverage and activities. As a result, they partner with organizations that have overlapping interests.
Some of TRAIL’s projects include purchased property which added to Acadiana Park & Nature Station and the construction of the longest nature trail South of Chicot State Park, 4 bike rack-bench-kiosk structure installations in Lafayette with the aid of the Rotary Club, partnering with the TECHE Project, St. Martin Tourism, and the Acadiana Area MPO winning a grant funding a trailhead in Parc Pont Breaux on the Bayou Teche (including shower facilities), aiding funding and directing of the rebuilding of bridges in the Eunice walking park, and working with Eagle Scouts to install map kiosks and benches at Acadiana Park Nature Station…just to name a few.
Their projects and contributions are funded by area events, many that have become part of local culture. Be sure to catch one of those upcoming events! For more information, visit their website, www.latrail.org or their Facebook page.