HOLTVILLE, Calif. – The Alamo River Trail in Holtville was dedicated to Pete Mellinger early Friday morning.
Mellinger served the city for over 40 years, taking on roles from planning commissioner to city Councilman and was still serving as city treasurer at the time of his passing, last July. Mellinger worked many years on the creation of this trail dating back to the start of his concept, in 1973.
In 2013 the trail was authorized for a bid and construction, and Friday the trail was dedicated in Pete Mellinger’s honor.
We caught up with his oldest granddaughter at the ribbon cutting ceremony. “I am the oldest of his nine grandchildren and a resident here of Imperial Valley, with his great grandchildren and I am looking forward to taking them on the trail, it is wonderful to see his life’s work come to this. He had lived in Holtville for over 50 years, was very invested in the community, wanted to see the beauty of it, the development of it. And this park is beautiful; the development of this trail is beautiful,” said Amanda Stephan.
The Mellinger trail is not done yet, the next phase of the trail plans to connect Earl Walker Park to the soon to be constructed Alamo River Wetlands.