Ox­ford of­fers new trail for na­ture lovers

Rib­bon cut­ting to be held Aug. 16

The Covington News - - Local News - By Jenny Thompson

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.

Jenny Thompson/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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