MillionMile Greenway (MMG), an Atlanta nonprofit that helps grassroots groups plan and build trail, has awarded a grant valued at $11,500 to Newton Trails. The grant combines a cash award and in-kind services from MMG’s experts in marketing and GIS mapping. Newton Trails will use the grant award to plan for the future 15-mile rail trail running from just east of Porterdale to Newborn
“This project has every essential element we look for in a partner,” says Jim Langford, president of MillionMile Greenway. He cited “community buy-in with the ability to match MMG funding, and a solid plan to connect existing trails to future rail trails and parks.”
Langford adds, “There’s a wealth of positive resources in Newton County and Newton Trails is capitalizing on them. The group impressed our board with a terrific head start in places like Oxford to keep building more trails. With a richness of stunning natural areas, rivers and streams, historic communities like Porterdale, and dedicated volunteers, Newton Trails has what it takes for long-term success.”
MMG’s Technical Committee is already working on an interactive “story map” with photos and interesting facts about points of interest along current and future trails.
In addition to many local restaurants and businesses who will benefit from a new trail, the map includes other cultural highlights such as
Newton County Historic Courthouse and Covington Square
Georgia Wildlife Federation Alcovy River at East End Park
Old Starrsville Store historic marker
Historic Hayston Community
Historic Mansfield Depot
The online map is designed to engage and educate people about where new trails will be and rally support by helping them visualize the routes and the special places they will connect.
Newton Trails and MillionMile Greenway recently collaborated at the Georgia Trail Summit where Newton Trails was a new sponsor.
Other trail groups receiving MMG support include TRED in Rome, Georgia; South Fork Conservancy and North Fork Connectors, both in Atlanta; and projects in Ann Arbor, Michigan and several communities in Virginia.
We’re grateful for MillionMile Greenway’s valuable support and guidance as we move forward together.