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Get involved for trails

March 10, 2010 - Paul Giannamore

Personal admission time: I'm covering a story I want to be involved with.

The effort is the Jefferson County Trails and Greenways Vision effort, which could lead to an eventual plan for trails and linear parks throughout the county that could link to other trails and greenways in surrounding counties.

Full admission: I've been riding my bicycle on and off on local trails for 15 years, including the Mountour Run trail, the trail south of Wellsburg and the trail outside Colliers. I've also ridden River Avenue from Titanium to old Route 7, and on up to Stratton, many times. Just not recently.

Fuller admission: I got fat, lazy and depressed in recent years and my beloved Jeep bicycle has been sitting in the garage in front of Enrico the Cruiser, wondering just why he's not being ridden more.

Weight loss admission: After dropping 55 lbs since October thanks to diet and exercise and lifestyle changes, I'm thinking I'm ready to take the bicycle out and put it back to work much more this summer.

So it is that I'm following the trails story with keen interest.

Trails in other counties happened because someone or some group spearheaded an effort, solicited contributions, sought grants, whatever it took, right down to shoveling dirt and grading ground. Jefferson County will be no different, and if the group that seems to be coalescing around the effort sticks with the work, we'll be riding around and walking and biking on defined trails in no time. And we'll find support for existing trails in Jefferson Lake and Friendship Park and more.

Excited? Darned right I'm excited. Visit the county trails Web site to learn more and take the survey. And don't be afraid to be involved if you want trails.

I have a sneaking suspicion that folks who like the outdoors and tend to ride bicycles or hike won't mind getting involved. Just a suspicion.




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