With nice spring weather comes the opportunity to enjoy biking, running, walking, or hiking in and around the St. George area. I’m so excited to have the paved trail between Bloomington and the Dixie Center open again after being closed due to the nearby I-15 widening. We still have a portion of the “Mayor’s Loop” closed due to construction of a new sewer line between River Road and St. James Park. We’re working as quickly as we can to get it re-opened.
This spring we’ll be doing some assessing of our paved trails to see where we most need to repair and replace. We will set more of a formal maintenance plan to ensure that we keep these trails in good condition for residents and visitors to enjoy. We’re also working to expand the system as we can, and to connect both to neighboring cities and to city streets and commercial areas where possible. We know many people would like to use the trail system for both recreation and as transportation.
That brings me to the new LiVe Well St. George Bike Share by Zagster. With the help of sponsors including Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center, SelectHealth, Brad Harr & Associates, Dixie State University and Washington County Tourism, we launched the program with 55 bikes and 10 stations in central St. George. Zagster is an app-based system that is simple and affordable. It’s perfect for quick trips downtown, on the DSU campus, near the hospital, or at the Dixie Center and our Confluence Park Trailhead. Tell your neighbors and your visiting friends while they’re in town! It’s a great way to see parts of St. George. We hope to attract more sponsors so we can double the number of bikes and stations before the year ends!
Finally, many have asked me when our bicycle skills park will become reality. The answer is: soon! We hope to have the first phase open this summer. It will be located in the Sand Hollow Wash, adjacent to the Sand Hollow Aquatics Center. It will be a great place for riders of all skill levels who want to ride and compete in the dirt and close to home!
I hope you enjoy this beautiful time of the year in St. George!
About Mayor Pike
Jon Pike was raised in Salt Lake City and received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Utah and an MBA from Westminster College. Jon has worked in several positions with Intermountain Healthcare since 1990 – and since 1995 here in St. George.
One of the highlights of Jon’s career has been working as project manager for the planning and construction of Dixie Regional Medical Center at River Road, which opened in 2003. He currently works as the regional operations director for SelectHealth – the health insurance division of Intermountain Healthcare.
In 2007 Jon was elected to the St. George City Council and in 2013 he was elected as Mayor of St. George. He serves on the boards of Dixie State University, Dixie Applied Technology College, Washington County Water Conservancy District, St. George Area Economic Development, Utah League of Cities and Towns, and several other city and county-related boards.
Jon loves singing, playing the piano, organ, and guitar, as well as water and snow skiing, motorcycling, and walking or biking on St. George’s many trails. Jon and his wife Kristy have five children and one grandchild.
Mayor Pike's current term expires December 31, 2021.