The City of Billings Public Works and the Billings TrailNet hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new arterial connection tail off S. 32nd Street and Gabel Road late Friday morning.

This new trail is part of the Billings Area Bikeway and Trail Master Plan, providing safe, eco-friendly transportation for people and places in the Magic City. The new connection trail is open for the public to use. 

Billings Mayor Bill Cole participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Before cutting the ribbon with his own pair of huge scissors, Cole mentions one of the designers of Central Park in New York City, Frederick Law Olmstead, who is considered the pioneer of urban parks and trials. Even more interesting is that Olmstead had a friend and colleague whom he worked alongside to create San Franciso Parks: Frederick Billings, who was named 

“Trails are really in the DNA of Billings; Trails are critical because they appeal to all generations, and they’re relatively inexpensive to build,” Cole said. It was a small gathering celebrating a big impact on Billings trails. Guests at the ceremony enjoyed Wilcoxsin’s huckleberry ice cream sandwiches and trail mix. 

The celebration comes on the day of Billings TrailNet’s biggest fundraising event, Ales for Trails. The event is from 5 pm to 10 pm at ZooMontana. One lucky event winner won a free pair of tickets for Ales for Trails, courtesy of the Billings TrailNet. 

Fear not for anyone who wants to attend Ales for Trails but feels it is too late to buy tickets! You can still purchase tickets at the Base Camp until 8 p.m. tonight.