Adam Cary wiped the sweat from his face as he jogged on the new trail along Rio Vista Park in Peoria.
Cary spent his Saturday morning on the new stretch, which now extends south of Olive Avenue. Before the extension, the trail stopped just north of Grand Avenue.
He had planned to jog at least 10 miles.
“I could only go so far, but now I can jog even more,” Cary said.
The trail connects to other trails and travels 9.5 miles near Deer Valley Road to Olive Avenue.
On Saturday, city officials celebrated the opening of the extension with several “comfort” stations for bikers and joggers. Information from local businesses along with water were at the information tables.
David Richardson, who lives in Peoria, said he’s glad to have the trail in the community, because he won’t have to use streets or sidewalks anymore.
“It’s nice, wide, safe and away from all of the car traffic,” said Richardson. “I couldn’t think of better place to exercise.”
“This is going to be beneficial to everyone, especially the kids who now have a very safe environment,” said Richardson, who rides his bike along the trail.
George Henninger, a member of Southwest Bicycle club, has been using the trail for awhile, and he’s glad the new stretch is open. “We’re so excited to get even more use out of this trail now,” Henninger said.
Karen Schlueter, a Peoria resident and member of Southwest Bicycle, said she intends to use the trail more often, especially since one of the entrances “is right in my backyard.”