butchMother Nature bathed in sunshine the dedication ceremony held last Thursday in Meadview for The Joy Trail, a long-time vision of a group of Mohave County residents. The ceremony was held when the first of three project phases was completed on a low-impact fitness trail located adjacent to a flood control channel that cuts through the center of the small community. Many residents of the small community located 39 miles east of Highway 93, members of Joy Brotherton’s family and several Mohave County officials gathered during the pleasant desert morning temperature to attend the trail dedication named for the late Mohave County District 4 Supervisor Joy Brotherton. Brotherton was a staunch supporter of the project and according to all in attendance, a good friend of all Meadview residents. Jonathan Kiser, the president of Meadview Area Chamber of Commerce and who presided over the dedication ceremony said, “The first phase of the project includes a ¾-mile path with seven stations with low impact exercise equipment installed. Each station has a sign that shows how the equipment is to be used.” When Phases 2 and 3 are completed, the trail will ultimately be a total of two miles long and end at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area boundary south of the community. According to Kiser, the entire project is being funded totally through donations and will not cost the taxpayers of Mohave County or the county administration anything. The overall project was divided into three phases and it took about four years of planning and the residents’ vision finally was realized after the Mohave County Board of Supervisors (BOS) unanimously voted to approve the walking trail during a 2013 meeting. The committee that heads up the trail project said that as soon as they conduct more fundraisers and receive donations, they will begin construction of the next phase.