CZ Trail to get major amenities in honor of late cyclist
The 2016 death of a cyclist and hiking enthusiast has led to a sizable grant that will help improve the Crown Zellerbach Trail.
After he was reported missing on May 6, 2016, Wayne Naillon's body was later found by a Columbia County Search and Rescue crew on May 11. Family members said he suffered from cancer at the time of his death. Following the 66-year-old's passing, friends and family teamed up to raise $6,000 to honor him.
Naillon's friends approached Columbia County about how the funds could be used to improve access to the 23-mile-long CZ Trail, in Naillon's memory.
"Wayne loved the CZ Trail and wanted more people to know about it, so we thought that promoting use of the trail would be a good way to memorize him," Dale Latham, Naillon's friend and co-manager of the Wayne Naillon Memorial Trail Fund, stated in a news release about the trail improvements.
According to the county, Casey Garrett, the county's general services manager, suggested the county apply for a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, to augment the $6,000 donation.
OPRD approved a $75,000 grant for Columbia County to use toward the trail, on condition the county provide a match. With help from Oregon Equestrian Trails, cartographer Jeff Smith, and agreements from the county, CZ Trail will see $150,000 worth of work and improvements, including improved access, kiosks, maps, signs, safety crossings, a covered picnic area, bike rack and repair station, disabled-access horse mount area, and a toilet, the county's news release indicates. Most of the improvements are targeted for the Chapman trailhead.
Trail work is expected to begin this spring.