Walking Trail gets face lift

Rotary Community Committee co-chair Tom Osborne (l) and Rotary President Bubba Longgrear (r) remove debris from the trail.

Metter Rotary Club spearheaded a community-wide clean-up of the Recreation Department Walking Trail on Saturday morning.

An estimated 25 volunteers turned out with their chain saws, wheelbarrows, gloves and yard tools to give the trail a much-needed face lift. 

The natural growth around the trail has suffered from extensive storm damage, most recently from Hurricane Michael last fall. That storm felled trees along the trail and damaged the bridge, forcing the commissioners to close the trail until the bridge could be replaced.

This past spring, Metter High FFA students built a new bridge with support from Ace Hardware and Metter Rotary Club.

Rotarians took the project a step further this past weekend, asking the community to help in removing debris and beautifying the area.

Rotary Club President Bubba Longgrear thanked the participants of the clean-up, praising the efforts of Rotarians Tom Osborne and Marsha Holloway in organizing the event.

“There was a lot of work done,” Longgrear said. “This was a true community partnership, and everyone stayed focused and stayed busy on Saturday.”

Prior to the clean-up day, Mike and Brenda Beasley, who own property adjacent to the trail, started some of the work, felling some trees, Longgrear said. Sikes Bros. then arrived on Saturday with equipment and labor to help with the larger projects. Members of the Metter High JROTC program also joined with Rotarians and community members to help.

Among those signing in on Saturday were Tom Osborne, Bubba Longgrear, Pernal and Cathy Franklin, Alex Spivey, Donald McDaniel, Marsha and Slayde Holloway, Allen Lanier, Joshua Powell, Jessica See, Raj Patel, Polly Porter, Nancy Norton, Allen, Hunter,  Ellen and Tanner Cason, Jackson and Brooks Longgrear, Ed Boyd and Larry Bowen.

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