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David's Trail opens at Panther Bay

Thursday, November 6, 2008

A clear autumn morning with a fresh cool breeze is all that's needed for an early run or brisk walk. That is the type of morning David Floyd of Mountain Home, lived for. He loved to breath the crisp air and go jogging with his friends, his widow Cindi Floyd said at Panther Bay Day-Use Park in Baxter County on Oct. 30. "David loved this time of year," Floyd said. "He advised everybody that it's better to go to bed and rise early. Today, we're ready to pay tribute to David."

David died the morning of July 15, 2006, while jogging with his friends. He was a branch manager and certified financial planner at A.G. Edwards (now Wachovia Securities). He served the city of Mountain Home by being a president and member of several different organizations including the Rotary Club, Baxter Regional Medical Center Board, Baxter Regional Airport Commission and the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce.

The Friends of David Trail Fund in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Landscape Architect and Professional Trail Builder, Ken Eastin, of Eastin Outdoors Inc. in Fayetteville, are working to build a network of trails 50 or more miles long around the shoreline of Norfork Lake. This project is in memory of David Floyd's contributions to his community. One trail starts at the Panther Bay Park. Other proposed trailheads are Red Bank, Seward Point, Bidwell Point, Mountain Home, Robinson Point and Buzzard Roost.

The trail is for all ages and abilities. Eventually, the trail will have handicap-accessible paved loops, graveled sections and shoreline trails with natural surfaces.

A preliminary map of the trail can be viewed at the David's Trail Web site, www.davidstrail.org. An updated map will be posted on the Web site as trails are completed.

The Web site is also helpful for organizing personal goals and activities, getting tips, viewing a calendar of events on the trail and volunteering or contributing online. The Web site was designed to promote an active lifestyle in outdoor activities.

According to a press release from the Friends of David Trail Fund, "David was a take-charge leader who let his actions speak louder than his words. He used his time and talent to better the lives of those around him and was recognized as an asset to his community. He filled his life with family and friends and loved to spend time outdoors and encouraged others to do the same."

"(The trail) is the perfect vision for David," Floyd said. "You come here to feel God's presence and take in his creation."

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