Trail Dedication for Randy Morrow on April 5

April 1st, 2013 by Keith Hutchinson

The North San Gabriel River Trail will be dedicated to Randy Morrow in a special ceremony on April 5. Morrow was the architect of Georgetown’s recreational trail system and served as parks and recreation director during his 21-year career with the City of Georgetown.

Randy Morrow 2011-175At the dedication event on Friday, the North San Gabriel River Trail will be officially renamed the Randy Morrow Trail. The dedication will take place at 1:30 p.m. in San Gabriel Park near the pedestrian bridge at the confluence of the north and south forks of the San Gabriel River. A new sign for the Randy Morrow Trail at the site of the dedication will be unveiled. The sign will include a plaque about Morrow and his contribution to Georgetown’s parks. The Randy Morrow Trail will extend more than four miles along the north fork of the San Gabriel River from Booty’s Road Park to the confluence of the two forks in San Gabriel Park.

The San Gabriel River Trail system, including more than eight miles of hike and bike trails along the San Gabriel River and around San Gabriel Park, is the result of Morrow’s vision. Starting in 1994, Morrow combined more than $2 million in grants and parkland donations to create the hike and bike trails, which are cited by residents as one of the most valued parks resources. The San Gabriel River Trail was designated a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2006.

Morrow also played a key role in the creation and expansion of the Recreation Center and the McMaster Athletic Complex, the building of the Creative Playscape, the creation of many of the city’s 34 parks, and the growth of the City’s recreation programs.

Morrow retired from the City in 2011 after he was diagnosed with cancer. He passed away in November.

Morrow’s plan for a trail system throughout Georgetown includes many future potential segments. A new section of the hike and bike trail along Scenic Drive from University Avenue to 17th Street was completed last year. Another section from University Avenue to Blue Hole Park will be completed this year.

See below for a location map to the dedication event in San Gabriel Park on April 5.

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