Oxford offers new trail for nature lovers
Ribbon cutting to be held Aug. 16
Members of the Newton County Trails- Path Foundation ( Newton Trails) will host a picnic and official ribbon- cutting Aug. 16 for the newest segment of the multi- use trail in Oxford.
Erik Oliver, Newton Trails board member in charge of Oxford trail development, said over the summer crews have extended the original path by half a mile. Now, the path stretches one mile from Clark Street to Moore Street.
“ We think it’s even more attractive than the first section, which is quite beautiful,” Oliver said.
The 8- foot wide concrete trail winds its way through the woods west of Oxford College and runs beside Turkey Creek.
Although construction began this summer, Oliver said fundraising efforts started in 2006. The city of Oxford and Oxford College matched funds for the path, which also received donations from Newton County, the Arnold Fund and private individuals.
Oliver said personal donations ranged from $ 20 to $ 1,400. The total cost of the new segment totaled approximately $ 70,000.
Donations are still needed for the maintenance and preservation of the trail. More than 200 engraved bricks are available for purchase for $ 350 from Newton Trails, which will dedicate those funds toward upkeep of the paths.
Members of Newton Trails hope to link the cities of Oxford, Covington and Porterdale with the trail projects started at the college, Turner Lake Park and Newton High School.
“ Soon we will extend, hopefully, another block in Oxford,” Oliver said, “ extending toward Cousins Middle School.”
Oliver said anyone who can attend the picnic and ribbon- cutting is welcome as long as he or she calls Newton Trails to RSVP by 5 p. m. Aug. 13.
“ People can eat all the hot dogs they want,” Oliver said, “ and then go walk them off on the trail.”
For more information about Newton Trails visit www. newtontrails. org or call ( 770) 787- 9080.
Nature: A wooden bridge stretches through the woods on the Oxford Trail segment of The Newton Trail System. The Oxford Trail segment was recently extended by a half mile to create a total distance of one mile of multi-use trails throughout the city of Oxford.