A staff member of the Leavenworth County Development Corporation was honored Wednesday for her efforts in bolstering the county's trail system.
Cecilia Harry, LCDC's economic development coordinator who is the chair of the Leavenworth County Port Authority's Trails Committee, was officially recognized earlier this week for her work with the committee to map and promote the county's existing trails by American Trails, who named her the recipient of the National Trails Award for Trails Advocacy in Kansas. She was nominated by another member of the LCPA Trails committee, Kevin Otterman.
“I was very surprised at the award,” she said Wednesday.
LCPA Chairman Terry Andrews said the award strengthens what members of the Port Authority already knew ― that Harry has revitalized the organization's efforts in regard to the county's trails.
“You've provided real leadership for something we've been trying to get going for at least the last five years,” he said. “Once you got on board, it kind of took off.”
Andrews read from Otterman's nomination letter that Harry had been instrumental in mapping and cataloguing the trails of the county for the development of printed and online trail maps now almost complete; working with the Mid America Regional Council on larger metropolitan area trails initiatives and with communities here to share information; and “rallying the troops” to attend meetings where trail matters are being discussed and to promote the committee's efforts at community events.
“That's really outstanding,” he said. “That really puts Leavenworth County on the map.”
Harry, however, passed on some of the credit for the success of the trails committee.
“I'm happy to lead that group, but all of the things that Kevin listed, I would not be able to bring to the community if it were not for all of the citizens and interested people that were at the table that really see a benefit in making sure that this community is planning ahead for a trails system that will not only let residents that are already here improve their quality of life, but to attract also new residents and new business,” she said.