Posted: Tuesday, June 24th 2014 at 11:49am
Helen Rotary supports multi-use trail development
By Dean Dyer Staff
Dennis Doll and Phil Irish of the Rotary Club of Helen, left, are shown with Kathy Wood of SORBA and Jerry Brown, director of the Alpine Helen/White County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
HELEN - The Rotary Club of Helen has presented a $500 check to Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), Northeast Georgia Chapter. This contribution begins the funding to build 20 miles of natural-surface trail as part of the 1,000-acre outdoor recreation area planned by the White County Commission.
White County has leased property from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with the stipulation that the county create a multi-use recreational playground on this land. This is the former Outdoor Therapeutic Program property, which is about 1,000 acres and includes a 53-acre lake.
SORBA representative Kathy Wood, in her presentation to the Rotary Club of Helen, said SORBA is the trail user group that presented to the county commission a design for a multi-use natural surface recreational trail system that will accommodate other land usage, such as ballfields, disc golf, fishing, etc.
"Such a trail system means to build trails that are all-purpose, trails that appeal to a broad range of user groups - sustainable natural surface trails, intended for non-motorized use," Wood said.
According to Wood, White County has a remarkable opportunity to turn this idle land into a state-of-the-art, multi-use outdoor recreation area to serve citizens and visitors for decades to come.
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