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Phase I trail extended

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The Greenway Trail started with Phase I off North Seventh Street, across from the Serenity Center, traveling to the bridge at East Main. Now the trail, that did end at the bridge/Stratton Park loops back to Main Street underneath the East Washington bridge. The expansion was paid for by City of Shelbyville through the restaurant tax proceeds.

Foundation consultant Clay Cottongim acknowledges all those who have donated toward both phases, especially Barry Campbell for clearing both trails for blacktopping. Now planning begins for Phase III, with the ultimate goal having the Greenway Trail follow Clear Creek to Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street.

Individuals wanting to help the Foundation can contact Cottongim at 502-321-0612 or send donations to Greenway Trail, c/o Parks Foundation, 717 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville KY 40065.

Phase II Greenway Trail

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Greenway Trail Phase II is now open to the public… hikers, bikers, walkers, runners, baby strollers, wheelchairs! The blacktopped trail along Clear Creek was funded by a $100,000 Federal Recreational Trails Grant and $100,000 in private donations to match the grant.

The recent third annual Parks Pedal Party lured 31 adult riders for either a 40-mile or 21-mile ride along county roads while another 11 rode bicycles within Clear Creek Park and neighborhood paths. Their donations totaled $2,000 to assist the continued Greenway Trail project through the Shelby County Parks Foundation.

Foundation consultant Clay Cottongim acknowledges all those who have donated toward both Phase I and II, especially Barry Campbell for clearing both trails for blacktopping. Now planning begins for Phase III, with the ultimate goal having the Greenway Trail follow Clear Creek to Red Orchard Park on Kentucky Street.

Individuals wanting to help the Foundation can contact Cottongim at 502-321-0612 or send donations to Greenway Trail, c/o Parks Foundation, 717 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville KY 40065.

Boots & Bridles fun

Proceeds from the 2018 Boots & Bridles Equestrian Gala benefit Shelby Trails. Deeded to the parks system in 2010 by Dr. Roger & Diane Shott of Anchorage, a 462-acre piece of land at 5063 Aiken Road in Simpsonville –  a magnet for those wanting to hike, ride horses, and even receive riding lessons. The property features 21 dedicated, groomed, hiking and horseback riding trials; a beautiful 32-stall barn; and an indoor and outdoor arena for year-round riding.

Check out these photos by Ann Kalmey! Thanks to Hoppy Bennett for donating the use of Undulata Farm; Food catered by 4 Moores; Marilyn Fister with Bobby Ethington; James Mulcahy; Vicki Moore; Shawn Willard.

 

Tax-deductible gift idea

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Merry Christmas from the Parks Foundation. Thanks to your continued support, we have been able to upgrade and maintain the many recreational projects that benefit our community. A great gift idea would be to make a donation in honor of a friend for the Greenway Trail, Shelby Trails, Red Orchard Park or the Foundation in general… Please send your tax-deductible gift to Parks Foundation, 717 Burks Branch Road, Shelbyville KY 40065. Thank you!

$10,000 for Greenway Trail

Santa Claus came early for the Shelby County Parks Foundation with an anonymous gift of $10,000 for Phase 2 of the Greenway Trail. That brings the total of private donations for this project to a little more than $113,000, according to Clay Cottongim, volunteer consultant to the Foundation.

“The trail has been cut, thanks to Barry Campbell who donated countless hours of excavation work and removing trees along the creek,” Cottongim said, referring to the trail that begins off North Seventh Street, on the left, after crossing the bridge. A community park will be established at the beginning of the Phase 2 trail, thanks to the donation of about 22 acres by Citizens Union Bank.

Plans are to blacktop the trail next summer and to construct bridge paths to connect Phase 1 with Phase 2 to existing trails to Brentwood Subdivision, Painted Stone Elementary and Lake Shelby.

Cottongim said, “The generous gift of $10,000 shows how much the community likes the concept of these trails for walkers, joggers, bike-riders, strollers and even wheelchairs!”phase 2 path 2