Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Absarokee Junior High eighth-graders Maggie Howes, left, and Kaiya Holmquist, right, cut the ribbon.Community members try out the Nye School Walking Path on opening day, Nov. 15.

Nye School Walking Path a community project

It’s been six years since Nye School students Maggie Howes and Kaiya Holmquist first came up with the idea of building a walking path at the school so community members would have a safe place to exercise.
Community members celebrated opening day for the path on Sunday, Nov. 15. The concrete path loops about a fifth of a mile through the school yard.
Total cost came to $15,000, Nye School teacher Kathy Currie said. The Stillwater Mining Co. donated $5,000, and the Nye Community Foundation, which organized the project, will pick up the rest.
Stillwater Mining, represented by Brittany Moreland, also provided tunnel-boring chips for the underlayment, along with labor and equipment so an SMC employee could lay out the path.
Construction began in mid-October and, working around the weather, the last of the concrete was poured on Nov. 7. Concrete was delivered by KEM Ready Mix, owned by Keith and Kathryn Martin, and poured and finished by John and Darci Dinsdale, of Beartooth Concrete. A number of volunteers also worked on the project.
“At this point, the path is done,” Currie said. “We’re doing some dirt work clean-up before winter really sets in. In the spring, we’ll be adding two benches and some signage and some landscaping. Some plans for the future include historic displays, some added exercise equipment and who knows?”