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Walking trail work to continue
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Volunteers are needed to continue work on River Trail East, the new walking trail from Ramsey Park on Bernard Street to the parking area at Sally’s Alley.The Friends of the Greenway and the city of McMinnville are sponsoring a morning of building for the new trail. Volunteers will meet Sept. 27 at 8:30 a.m. at Ramsey Park. Work will con-tinue until about noon.Work will include cutting small trees and shrubs from a 10-foot wide corridor, apply-ing herbicide to cut stumps, taking away the cuttings and smoothing of a 4-foot wide dirt trail, according to Friends of the Greenway member Wally Bigbee. The event is being held on National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Clearing of River Trail East is the initial step toward phase two of the Barren Fork Greenway that will run from Sally’s Alley to Rocket Park. Today, it is a cleared walking trail through a wooded area from Cedar Street to Beersheba Street along the Barren Fork River. In order to be a greenway, it must be paved and meet certain speci-fications. Bigbee suggested the name River Trail East, due to the trail’s location.Volunteers helping to estab-lish River Trail East must sign a waiver of liability and are encouraged to bring gloves, water and snacks as desired. People under 18 years old must be under adult supervi-sion. Bring hand trimmers and saws and loppers to cut brush.