TRAIL

Transportation Recreation Alternatives In Louisiana

Building a better community by building opportunities for outdoor recreation.  To assist in those efforts we put on several events that not only give you a reason to get outside and be active (ride, walk, paddle, run, ...), but also utilize many of the projects we invest in.  

WHAT does TRAIL do?

TRAIL's primary mission is to build recreational facilities; from bike lanes to bike path to paddle trails to trail heads to maps to resting benches.  TRAIL primarily works along side government agencies, individuals and other organizations to help build and/or maintain recreational facilities.  

WHY does TRAIL do?

We feel that there is a tremendous opportunity to improve general and casual recreation in Louisiana.  Louisiana has the benefit of weather that permits easy year round running, hiking, biking activities.  However, we feel there needs to be more definable access to 

HOW does TRAIL do?

Today the business model of TRAIL is to utilize the various events it produces to generate cash to pay all basic overhead and create an account which can be used toward projects whether through matching a grant or simply investing in a project.

WHAT has been done?

  • TRAIL purchased property to add to Acadiana Park & Nature Station then cut the longest nature trail South of Chicot State Park.  
  • In a partnership with the Rotary Club of Lafayette north we installed 4 bike racks-bench-kiosk structures in Lafayette.  
  • In a partnership with BikeLafayette we ran cycling safety advertisements on Google.com  
  • We worked with the TECHE Project, St. Martin Tourism and the Acadiana Area MPO to win a grant to fund a trail head in Parc Pont Breaux on the Bayou Teche that includes showers.  
  • TRAIL has been a party to 4 grants helping fund the initial stages of the Atakapa-Ishak Trail (Parc Sans Souci to Beaver Park). 
  • TRAIL donated $15,000 to the Lafayette Central Park (the Horse Farm) in 2015.

making recreation accessible

BUSINESS PARTNERS

  • Giles Subaru & Nissan
  • BNSF Railways
  • Coca-Cola
  • Schilling Distributing
  • Bayou Teche Brewing
  • IberiaBank
  • Kevin Guidry Produce
  • Kentwood Waters
  • Russell's Super Market
  • Cajun Ben's
  • Zydeco Foods
  • Cajun Grocer

The TRAIL Board of Directors and Advisors put in numerous hours into the events and projects TRAIL is involved in.  The scope of TRAIL's mission is broad in terms of geography and activities.  Therefore, we strive to partner with organizations that have overlapping interests.  TRAIL has active partnerships with the following organizations:

PARTNERS:

  • The Rotary Club of Lafayette North
  • Evangeline Area Council of Boy Scouts of America
  • TECHE Project
  • Acadiana Metropolitan Planning Organization
  • Acadiana Park Nature Station
  • Mountain Bike Acadiana
  • Bike Lafayette
  • Festival Acadiens et Creole
  • Festival Internationale de Louisiana
  • Rotary Club of Eunice
  • Ascension Episcopal School 
  • Cajun Cyclists & CC Racing
Chris Guidry BOARD MEMBER (2013) President A Geologist who enjoy getting dirty with work.  Past President of UL Alumni Houston Chapter      

Chris Guidry

BOARD MEMBER (2013)

President

A Geologist who enjoy getting dirty with work.  Past President of UL Alumni Houston Chapter

 

 

 

Andre Mitchell Board Member (2010) Vice President Actively involved and past President of the following organizations:  Festival Internationale de Louisiane, Festival Acadiens et Creole, Blackpot Festival, and Rotary Club of Lafayette North. Full time employment includes HR Director at Schilling Distributing.

Andre Mitchell

Board Member (2010)

Vice President

Actively involved and past President of the following organizations:  Festival Internationale de Louisiane, Festival Acadiens et Creole, Blackpot Festival, and Rotary Club of Lafayette North. Full time employment includes HR Director at Schilling Distributing.

"EB" Brooks  BOARD MEMBER (2013) Secretary EB holds a Masters in >>>> and  is also the Executive Director of Lafayette Central Park.  

"EB" Brooks 

BOARD MEMBER (2013)

Secretary

EB holds a Masters in >>>> and  is also the Executive Director of Lafayette Central Park.  

Chris Dardar BOARD MEMBER (2011) Principal of Ascension Episcopal School's Youngsville Campus.  

Chris Dardar

BOARD MEMBER (2011)

Principal of Ascension Episcopal School's Youngsville Campus.  

Michael Howard BOARD MEMBER (2013) Founder & Race Director of Zydeco Marathon.   Founder of Gulf Energy Fabricator

Michael Howard

BOARD MEMBER (2013)

Founder & Race Director of Zydeco Marathon.   Founder of Gulf Energy Fabricator

 
Tim Ryan BOARD MEMBER (2013)

Tim Ryan

BOARD MEMBER (2013)

Mary Hays BOARD MEMBER (2016)

Mary Hays

BOARD MEMBER (2016)

 

Tim Guillory

BOARD MEMBER (2016)

Chris Baker BOARD MEMBER (2014) Founder of Mountain Bike Acadiana.

Chris Baker

BOARD MEMBER (2014)

Founder of Mountain Bike Acadiana.

 
Kevin Judice BOARD MEMBER (2015) Mechanical Engineer who enjoys running pressure tests.  Avid runner, including completing Rouge-Orleans and Zydeco Half (with a front flip).  Loves good beer, music, festivals & UL athletics.  Member of Cajun Road Runners Club.  Graduated from the University of Louisiana with a BS in Mechanical Engineering nd is now an  Applications Engineer at John H. Carter.

Kevin Judice

BOARD MEMBER (2015)

Mechanical Engineer who enjoys running pressure tests.  Avid runner, including completing Rouge-Orleans and Zydeco Half (with a front flip).  Loves good beer, music, festivals & UL athletics.  Member of Cajun Road Runners Club.  Graduated from the University of Louisiana with a BS in Mechanical Engineering nd is now an  Applications Engineer at John H. Carter.

Patti Holland BOARD MEMBER (2014) TECHE Project

Patti Holland

BOARD MEMBER (2014)

TECHE Project


TRAIL Staff

Scott Schilling Interim Executive Director  Scott@laTRAIL.org 337-781-9416

Scott Schilling

Interim Executive Director 

Scott@laTRAIL.org

337-781-9416

Matt Holland Marketing and Events Coordinator Matt@laTRAIL.org

Matt Holland

Marketing and Events Coordinator

Matt@laTRAIL.org

Cindi Axtell Marketing and events coordinator Cindi@laTRAIL.org

Cindi Axtell

Marketing and events coordinator

Cindi@laTRAIL.org

Becky Dejean Accounting & Administration Becky@laTRAIL.org

Becky Dejean

Accounting & Administration

Becky@laTRAIL.org