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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Report on Rail-Trail Work Day (Saturday March 22)

An amazing effort by approximately 20 volunteers resulted in a clearing of vines and invasive species from at least half of the historic Georgia Railroad wooden trestle in Dudley Park. Many thanks to all who turned out, including Janice Denny and Mike Wharton of ACC Leisure Services, Rail-Trail Committee Chair and District 6 Commissioner Carl Jordan and several of his R-T Committee members, and a number of Oconee Rivers Greenway Commissioners. Among the many other illustrious volunteers, we can't fail to mention Joe Kmiec, who operates a unique branch office of his computer business out of his bike on the Greenway (but doesn't pay any real estate, sales, or special use taxes for the privilege). And special kudos to the Mayor of Snellville, who came out to work and brought bottled water for all of the volunteers! Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer also happens to be the managing engineer for the Athens office of O'Brien and Gere, the contractors for the R/T project, and is extremely enthusiastic about the project that will soon, finally, get off the ground.


Upcoming Rail-Trail Work Day #2 (Saturday April 12):

If you missed Saturday but would still like to pitch in, mark your calendars for the morning of Saturday April 12 to clear vines from the remaining half of the trestle. Bring work gloves and meet us near the pedestrian bridge that crosses Trail Creek (just under the wooden trestle) in Dudley Park. Closest parking is in the ACC lot off of Poplar Street, where you can compete for a space with diners at Mama's Boy (bring your lunch money!). 9:00 a.m - noon. ACC will provide the tools.

1 comment:

solarchef said...

Thanks to all the vine cutters and Brent's photo story. Athens is great because of its volunteers. Sorry I won't be able to make the next session because I will be volunteering at Sandy Creek that day.