The first portion of the Raccoon River Valley Trail and High Trestle Trail connector is finally complete. It’s located on 18th Street in Perry, just north of Perry High School.

Instead of gifts for his birthday, 10-year-old Tate Boyd asked for money, but not for himself, for the connector project.

“I ride my bike to school every day and a lot of times over the summer we will ride a bunch of trails and I just love riding my bike so I wanted to help make more trails,” Boyd said.

His donation of $350 helped to complete the first mile and a half of the raccoon river valley trail and high trestle trail connector.

“I kind of put out a match for everybody to match those dollars and sure enough lots of people stepped forward and we turned that $350 into several thousand dollars,” Executive Director of the Dallas County Conservation Board Mike Wallace said.

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