Ride in the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails Rodeo

SW Trails Bike Rodeo

SW Trails Bike RodeoA bike rodeo that is.  This Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at the Syracuse Community Center from 9am-noon.

Also, Touch-A-Truck!

This is a hands-on event that will offer kids with the opportunity to see, touch and explore their favorite big trucks, heavy equipment, and emergency vehicles as well as interact with community support leaders including police officers, firemen, construction workers and more.

Bring out the entire family to enjoy sitting in these trucks and learning about what they do, how they work and how they benefit our community! Vehicles will include:

Fire Trucks  |  Ambulance  |  Police Cars  |  School Bus  |  Tow TruckSW Trails Bike Rodeo

Semi-Truck  |  Tractors  |  Construction Equipment  |  And more!

In addition to the vehicles, the event will also have several safety-related activities including:

Bike Rodeo  |  Fingerprinting Clinic  |  Life Jacket Demos  |  First Aid Kits

A limited number of bike helmets will be given away to participants of the bike safety course hosted by the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails.

See you there!

Tour des Lakes Gives Back to Syracuse-Wawasee Trails

TDL7 Helps Syracuse Wawasee Trails

Did you know part of the proceeds from Tour Des Lakes goes to the Syracuse-Wawasee Trails. The Trails department strives to create more public spaces for our community to be active in. We all have heard about the benefit of trails and our health. Be it walking, running or biking, the exercise and being out of doors have proven to improve our health and outlook.

But another benefit of a trails system might be even closer to your heart as it can improve your property value. Both the National Association of Homebuilders and the National Association of Realtors have found that trails are the second most important community amenity that potential homeowners find important with looking for a new community.   This translates into increased property values as cities and towns invest in a trail system.

The “walkability” of a town to areas of schools, shopping and social destinations helps to raise the livability for its residents. And with that it can help to increase interest in an area and that can increase the property values in a neighborhood or town.

With the completion of the 5 miles of trails around Syracuse Lake, the continuation of trails through town and the plans to start the process of connecting the remainder of Wawasee to the existing trails we can provide un-paralled access to restaurants, schools and shopping as well as making our community and the neighborhoods that are adjacent to the trails of more value to potential homeowners. So in addition to providing opportunities for physical activity our trails can also be an economic benefit to the residents of the area.

There are also benefits to our younger community members. Not long ago, children routinely traveled to and from school by foot or by bicycle. That is no longer the case. The circumstances that have led to a decline in walking and bicycling to school have created a self-perpetuating cycle. As motor vehicle traffic increases, parents become convinced that it is unsafe for their children to walk or bicycle to school. They begin driving them to school, thereby adding even more traffic to the road and sustaining the cycle. The trails department is looking to break this cycle with the availability of more trails. For more information on how trails benefit children visit the trails website.

The Tour Des Lakes is excited to help support this investment in our community. Sign up for Tour Des Lakes today to help contribute!

Calling All Volunteers!

Tour des Lakes Calling All Volunteers

Spring is thankfully right around the corner! So, if you are looking for a way to get out and help the community look no further because Tour Des Lakes and the Syrcause Wawasee Trail’s community is looking for community-minded, energetic volunteers. Webster defines Volunteerism as the use of involvement of volunteer labor, especially in community services. Every community service can use extra help and Tour Des Lakes and Syracuse Wawasee Trails is no exception. As the organization grows and expands, so does the need for help. We are always looking for helpers to work at the setting up the event, helping the ride run smoothly, cleaning up our trails, and serving on the board. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it does take commitment. We are now excepting volunteers for the ride and the trails.

Go to our Volunteer page to sign up with Tour Des Lakes.

Give Megan McClellan a phone call on her cell at 513-835-5631 or e-mail her at [email protected] to get involved with the trails!