Memorial for Doug Wicks planned at trail on Thursday

The River’s Edge Trail Foundation is hosting a memorial for Doug Wicks on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.

The foundation is inviting the community to gather near the pelican stature near the federal courthouse and to share memories of Wicks, along with honoring his accomplishments with the trail. There will be a candlelight memorial walk to honor one of the trail’s founders.

The foundation will provide memorial rocks to write on and candles as they walk toward the West Bank Park parking lot.

Please email beckynmt@gmail.com if you are unable to attend and want to share memories.

Wicks passed away in late August while trimming bushes on the trail.

The River’s Edge Trail includes:

  • 55 miles of trail system
  • 15 bridges
  • 23 miles of asphalt trail
  • 6 tunnels
  • 5 miles of concrete trail
  • 13 underpasses
  • 2.7 miles of gravel trail
  • 3 miles of yellow centerline
  • 26.6 miles of earth trail
  • 19 paved or gravel surfaced trailhead parking areas
  • 13 trailhead information kiosks with weather resistant maps and trail information
  • 8 vault toilets, 4 flush toilets
  • gazebo, public telescope and binoculars
  • 15 trash cans, containers
  • 9 composite/wood benches
  • 4 seasonal drinking water fountains
  • 3 composite tables
  • 5,260 feet of 4-foot chain link fencing
  • Sculptures and special landscape features
  • 2,335 feet of guardrail
  • Interpretive panels
  • 535 feet of steel tube fencing 
  • 1,284 feet of wood fencing
  • Dozens of culverts
  • 765 feet of heavy post and timber railing
  • 14 at-grade crossings
  • 18 locking bollards
  • 96 memorial benches
  • 18 wood picnic shelters
  • 57 memorial concrete tables
  • Hundreds of signs, dozens of stop, yield and directional signs