Greenway Trail donations

The Parks Foundation is closer to reaching its $100,000 matching grant from the state! Two anonymous donations have been made toward the Phase 2 Greenway Trail project: $5,000 and $10,000. Parks Consultant Clay Cottongim said, “It is gratifying to know individuals and/or groups believe in our vision for this accessible trail. We just hope this generates even more contributors!”

About $40,000 has been raised for the two-mile stretch from North Seventh Street to Lake Shelby. Cottongim said one design being worked out is to develop a wet bridge from the Trail to connect to the existing path toward Brentwood subdivision and Painted Stone Elementary.

The Park’s Poker Pedal and Park’s Pedal Party on June 3 will also designate funds for the Greenway Trail. Registration for both events is due May 27. You may register online at or pick up a form at the Family Activity Center, 717 Burks Branch Road, Clear Creek Park, Shelbyville.

If you simply want to make a monetary donation to the Greenway Trail, the tax-deductible gifts can be mailed to the above address. Cottongim said, “Some families earmark their gifts as memorials or honorariums. We are happy to acknowledge both since these gifts are lasting legacies in our community.”

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