Plaque on trail bench in memory of Jan T. Larson. Click to enlarge image.
Map showing the location of the Larson land donation. Click image to enlarge.
Public access along the Big Ravine’s East Rim Trail is now more secure for future generations thanks to a generous gift from Emeline Larson. Four lots encompassing almost one-half of an acre were donated by Mrs. Larson to the City of Bayfield in honor of her late husband Jan T. Larson. Since the land is within the City’s Conservancy District, allowable land uses will remain very limited in order to maintain naturalness and protect the watershed.
“We both loved how this property was perched on the edge. The views into the ravine and over the lake were always inspiring. I know that Jan would be happy to know that this special place will be forever protected and enjoyed by hikers.” A memorial bench has been placed on the property so that people can enjoy the views that the Larson’s loved.
A memorial bench has been placed on the property so that people can enjoy the views that the Larson’s loved. Click image to enlarge.
This donation was facilitated by the City’s Parks and Recreation Committee in order to establish long-term public access on the East Rim Trail, which has quickly become a cherished walking experience for the Bayfield area community. One Bayfield resident said “This trail has changed our lives. We walk there almost every day and never get tired of it.”
“We are incredibly grateful for this donation. Mrs. Larson’s generosity leaves a positive and long-lasting legacy, and we hope that others will consider following her example,” said Kate Kitchell, City Parks and Recreation Committee Chair.
Thanks also go to the City Council and staff who supported this project.