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Near Erie in Erie County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Walk in the Park

 
 
A Walk in the Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2019
1. A Walk in the Park Marker
Inscription.  An Idea is Born

State Representative Karl Boyes and his wife, Sue, often visited Presque Isle to enjoy the natural beauty. Unfortunately there was no place in the park for them to enjoy their hobbies of bicycling and jogging without worrying about traffic.

"It's a shame that people just can't come here to walk," Karl said. And so began the dream of a trail at Presque Isle where people young and old could enjoy nature while walking, jogging, bicycling and skating. Between 1984 and 1999, Representative Boyes secured nearly two million dollars of funding to create and complete this trail.

Karl Boyes (1936-2003)

Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, Karl graduated from Strong Vincent High School and Edinboro University. He taught locally and then spent the years following as a loyal public servant. Elected in 1980, he represented the 3rd Legislative District in the House of Representatives for over twenty years, and also acted as the House Finance Committee Chairman for eight years. Karl Boyes was, and always will be, one of Erie's favorite sons.

Presque Isle was very important to Karl
A Walk in the Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2019
2. A Walk in the Park Marker
Boyes. He quietly obtained funds for the rehabilitation of park roadways, marina and waterlines. But the crowning accomplishment of Representative Boyes' efforts was the Multi-Purpose Trail.

Karl championed other local issues as well, such as securing funds for volunteer firefighters and improving local infrastructure. His passion for helping people will be remembered.
 
Erected by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation & Natural Resources.
 
Location. 42° 7.397′ N, 80° 8.839′ W. Marker is near Erie, Pennsylvania, in Erie County. Marker is on Presque Isle Bike Trail. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Erie PA 16507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Barracks (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Leo's Landing (approx. ¼ mile away); Giant Gondola Wheel (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Bell Tower and Carillon (approx. 1.2 miles away); Presque Isle (approx. 1.4 miles away); Expanding Erie (approx. 1.9 miles away); The Pump House (approx. 1.9 miles away); A Century of Recreation (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Erie.
 
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Adjacent sign for the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose Trail image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, April 12, 2019
3. Adjacent sign for the Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose Trail
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 16, 2019. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 16, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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