The Union Recorder


March 12, 2014

Become involved in the sustainability of the Oconee River Greenway

MILLEDGEVILLE — After months of planning and development the Oconee River Greenway Foundation will unveil the highlights of Phase 2 of the Greenway expansion project tonight.

This evening’s Oconee River Greenway Foundation annual meting will focus on updating the community on the progress made in the second phase of the greenway project, which is nearing completion. This meeting is also an opportunity for the foundation board to meet and answer questions any of us may have about the greenway and for community members to find out details on how they can be apart of the efforts through volunteer work.

The Oconee River Greenway continues to add to quality of life in Baldwin County through nature, wildlife education, preservation and the expansion of economic opportunities. The greenway’s expansion only adds to its contributions to the local community. Becoming involved in this effort through volunteering at cleanups and fundraisers not only broadens the perspectives of those who give back but also helps to further the greenway’s mission — promoting health and recreation and wildlife education.

It’s a way to give back as this natural resource, the Oconee River, gives much more in return.

Highlights of the greenway’s second phase include water overlooks with picnic tables, an entranceway, additional trails, a dog park and a concert stage.

A grand opening will be held in May to celebrate the Phase 2 completion.

With a new, safer entranceway and expanded amenities, there is even more of the greenway to enjoy and draw attendance—not just for locals but as a regional attraction as well.

The Oconee River Greenway project began back in 2002 in an effort to create a communal corridor along the Oconee River for public use with the aim of eventually connecting other surrounding counties through the waterway, all while recognizing the impact of the Oconee River on the area. Phase 2 of this project brings it one step closer to fulfilling that vision.

Projects on the horizon include additional greenspaces from the north to south in an effort to further expand river access, which will be aided through last fall’s acquisition of the Selma Erwin Nature Trail.  

Volunteers are always welcome. Find out how to become a Friend of the Greenway and how to get involved. Tonight’s meeting is at 6 p.m. at the Campus Black Box Theatre on West Hancock Street.

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