Covington man blazes trails in Devou Park

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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 8:48 PM

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Chad Irey, who's either built or supervised the construction of most of the trail system in Covington's 700-acre Devou Park, recently became the first Kentuckian and the 85th person in the world to be accepted into the Professional Trailbuilders Association.

Since 2009, the 40-year-old Covington man with a passion for hiking and off-road cycling has done everything from recruiting and supervising volunteers to build natural surface trails in Devou Park to helping raise money for trail construction.

As a result, the self-employed carpenter with thousands of volunteer hours designing and building trails has turned a hobby into a business dedicated to building a regionally renowned trail system. Irey's Dirt Artisans company has specialized in natural surface trail design, construction and maintenance at various locations in Greater Cincinnati for four years.

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