The Greenway Council is asking for volunteers in continuing an effort to establish a walking trail along the Barren Fork River.
Work on River Trail North, the second half of the trail connecting Rocket Park to Ramsey Park, will begin this Saturday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the junction of Chestnut and Elm streets, off Beersheba Street behind C and C Auto.
River Trail East was completed in October and took volunteers over 700 hours. It begins at Ramsey Park, is 1.4 miles long, and ends near Beersheba Street Bridge. River Trail North will be .4 miles from the bridge to Rocket Park.
Volunteers are urged to wear closed-toe shoes and bring water and snacks in a day pack so hands will be free to work. Wearing gloves is recommended. Some will be available. Work will stop at noon.
McMinnville officials gave their stamp of approval for the initial work to begin on the second half of the trail. The work is being spearheaded by Dr. Wally Bigbee.
“Dr. Bigbee wants to do a work day on Feb. 4 it would be on the Rocket Park property and not on the Barnes’ property,” said Aldermen Ben Newman, during a Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.
Discussions regarding a walking trail along the river began in 2013. At that time, negotiations started with property owners about easement agreements. Discussions with heirs of Paul Barnes, those being Barry Barnes and Paul Michael Barnes, have continued since that time.
City attorney Tim Pirtle says he provided the necessary paper to Friends of the Greenway president Trevor Galligan and the brothers have agreed to sign it.
“I think they agreed,” said Galligan. “If we combine two separate documents that we’ve presented to them in the past, they thought they would be able to sign it. They haven’t looked at it yet though.”
Newman voiced his belief the brothers will sign the easement.
The work day is sponsored by the Greenway Council, Friends of the Greenway, Warren County Master Gardeners, and the city of McMinnville with the unanimous approval of city Parks and Recreation Committee members Newman, Aldermen Steve Harvey and Alderman Kate Alsbrook.
If you are able to lend a helping hand this Saturday at 9 p.m., please call Wally Bigbee at 473-5968. He will be coordinating the work effort.