The funds make it possible for Woodville and Greene County to complete a vital 2.6-mile section of the trail, combining new construction with portions of the
existing sidewalk and Elm Street. The section is a key connection linking two other segments of trail, which Greene County has nearly completed, south and north of Woodville from Union Point’s northern city limits to the Greene County/Oglethorpe County line. When construction is completed later this summer, Greene County, Woodville and Union Point together will host a 6.5-mile section of the Firefly Trail, the longest continuous section completed to date.
Ultimately, the Firefly Trail will span about 39 miles from Union Point to Athens on or fairly close to the historic corridor of the Georgia Railroad Athens
“The City Council of Woodville and I would like to thank Firefly Trail Incorporated for the generous donation,” said Woodville Mayor Phil Brock. “We have a small community with no taxes, and completion of the trail would have been years away without this donation.” Greene County Manager Byron Lombard echoed Brock’s appreciative comments. “Greene County is very grateful for the partnership of Firefly Trail Inc. in the planning, development, and construction of the Firefly Trail Project,” Lombard noted. “Their commitment has been instrumental in this project, and their financial support is making the difference for completion of the project inside the city limits of Woodville.”
The project is being built using a $2.1 million grant from the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program (GOSP). As part of that grant, communities are required to provide a local match equal to 25% of the total project cost.
“The input of GOSP funds is absolutely critical to – and a real God-send for – the Firefly Trail and other natural resources projects around the state,” said Firefly Trail Inc. President Mark Ralston. “We extend our deepest thanks to Rep. Trey Rhodes and the Georgia Legislature for making it possible.” Ralston noted that the 25 percent local match requirement is “a tremendous hurdle for small towns and rural communities. FTI is thrilled that we were able to make such a substantial contribution to Woodville so that the project can be completed.”
The donation from Firefly Trail Inc. (FTI) was made possible primarily by support from Chattanooga-based Riverview Foundation.
Additional support came from hundreds of individual donations to FTI as well as corporate sponsorships such as those from Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center and Athens Physical Therapy. Also funded by the GOSP grant is clearing and grading for an extension of the existing trail in Maxeys and, in conjunction with a major donation from the PATH Foundation, installation of a bridge over North Rhodes Street in Union Point.
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