28 years ago, Platte River Trails held the first Riverfest event in Casper, celebrating the completion of the newest section of the River Trail. The decision to cancel this year’s event was a very tough one for Platte River Trails Trust to make; as we’ll not only miss the chance to gather with our community to celebrate our trail building successes, we’re also going to miss the financial support this event provides our organization. Platte River Trails welcomed Rotary Club of Casper’s Great Duck Derby to Riverfest in 2000 and the event that had already included craft beer tasting, live music, delicious food trucks, and all kinds of family fun added throughout the years now had one more exciting element. Aside from a beloved community event, Riverfest is also the biggest fundraising event for Platte River Trails and a chance to celebrate the River Trail and the North Platte River corridor.
Each year, the proceeds from Riverfest are directed towards the Platte River Trails’ mission to build, maintain and enhance our community’s trails. Since officially partnering with the Rotary Club of Casper in 2000, the Great Duck Derby and Riverfest have been can’t miss events of the summer. Although Riverfest is canceled, the annual Duck Derby will take place virtually on August 22nd with proceeds benefiting three local nonprofits, including Platte River Trails Trust.
We’re grateful for the chance to continue our partnership with Rotary Club of Casper and share in the proceeds from the 2020 Virtual Great Duck Derby! Check out our plans for this year’s proceeds:
Poplar Street Bridge Bump-Outs
As noted in our Annual Giving Campaign, the Platte River Trails fundraising efforts will be directed to installing bump-outs on the new Poplar Street bridge, similar to those on the Robertson Road Bridge.
Bump-outs on this key gateway into Casper from I-25 and a popular inner-city route, will improve non-motorized transportation, creating safe zones where pedestrians can take a break on their way across bridge. In addition, bump-outs will highlight the North Platte River, plus provide an opportunity to enjoy unparalleled views up and down river and to Casper Mountain.
Proceeds from 2019 Riverfest, donations from Platte River Trails Trust Board members, our Year End Giving Campaign, and 2020 Duck Derby ticket sales will all be directed towards two bump-outs on the east and west side of the new Poplar Street bridge, scheduled for completion in 2021. Click here to learn more about our Poplar Street Bridge bump-out plans.
Paradise Valley to Robertson Road
Speaking of Robertson Road, recently, the Casper City Council sponsored a WYDOT TAP grant for a long-anticipated connection from Paradise Valley to Robertson Road bridge. Building a bridge that will allow safe pedestrian travel from Paradise Valley (at Yarrow and Indian Paintbrush) to the Robertson Road trail near the current crossing at Fort Washakie Street will result in the PRTT’s long held goal to provide a non-motorized trail from the Casper Soccer Complex on Casper’s east side to the western edge of the City along Robertson Road. This trail will be a game changer for kids and families, allowing them to travel from Oregon Trail School and all of the neighborhoods on Robertson Road to downtown Casper, the Pumphouse Trail Center, the Library or the NIC
In addition to the proceeds from the 2020 Duck Derby, Platte River Trails Trust will be working hard over the next months to pull the necessary funding together to make this dream a reality. In addition to WYDOT Tap grant funds, the Trails Trust will be seeking other grants and funding sources to complete this long-anticipated project. Click here to join our efforts!
Buy a Ticket, Support Trail Building!
Please help us bring these projects to our amazing community by purchasing a Great Duck Derby ticket today! Be sure to select Platte River Trails Trust at check out and contact us for any questions! Also, don’t miss the Great Duck Derby streaming online on August 22nd—ducks drop at 3:00pm!