Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta Awards $25,000 Grant
November 6, 2016
Newton Trails has received a grant for $25,000 from an anonymous donor through the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. With the funds designated for general support, the Newton Trails board of directors has set a goal of raising an additional $35,000 in order to pave a section of rail trail.
Newton Trails completed an online organizational profile last spring. Over the summer, the Community Foundation, which serves the 23-county Atlanta region by connecting philanthropists with nonprofits, invited the organization
to submit further application materials. A Community Foundation representative toured parts of the 14.9-mile railroad corridor as well.
While the grant funds can be used for general operations, Newton Trails hopes to raise additional funds through grants and individual donations in order to pave a 1,200-foot section of rail trail. This section, running from Elm Street to Anderson Avenue in Covington, would serve as a model and inspiration for further development of the trail.
The paved surface would also allow wider use of the trail. Currently, the trail surface is rough ballast, or gravel, not accessible to wheelchairs or bicycles other than sturdy mountain bikes. Additionally, a concrete surface is most appropriate for in-town areas. Other surfaces, such as asphalt and crusher fines, will be considered for rural sections of the trail.