Visions of the Future: Ribbon Cutting and Trail Naming Ceremony
Lee County, Florida
To protect, enhance, and educate about the Preserve
Pass Preserve gathered at the entrance to the Preserve to honor five people who were instrumental in the creation of
the Preserve and of the Friends who support it. Those honored were Roxie Smith (who was unable to attend), Betty
On April 13, 2013, the Lee County Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the Friends of Matanzas
Simpson Davis, Lois Gressman, Ann Alsop, and Tom Myers. As a part of this ceremony, for which Terry Cain acted as
Master of Ceremonies, a new trail map was unveiled with Preserve trails renamed in honor of each of the founders
with new trail-markers being added to denote each trail. A new ADA-compliant trail was also opened at this ceremony
with plaques in recognition of their many years of work in support of the Preserve. After the ceremony, a number of
attendees walked the new trail with two being assisted in wheelchairs. Sadly, Ms. Smith passed away the Friday
following this event.
The new trail map for the Matanzas Pass Preserve showing
the renamed trails: Smith Trail, Davis Simpson Trail,
Gressman Trail, Myers Loop, and the Alsop Loop.
The five founders display their plaques (with Fran
Myers standing in for Roxie Smith.)
A Peace Pole was also
installed at the entrance
to the Preserve.
Terry Cain of the Parks and Recreation Department
acted as Master of Ceremonies.
Current Friends Board Members Jim and Dorothy
Rodwell (with Terry Cain) presented plaques to the
Founders.
(Above) Four of the numerous attendees at the
Friends event (left to right): Doug Hovenden, Roger
Johnson, Kathy Loomis, and Joe Kosinski.
Clockwise from left: Alsop,
Gressman, Smith, Davis
Simpson, and Myers Trail
Markers.