Unexpected Rail Trail Paving Opportunity - We Need Your Help!
January 11, 2017
Calling all trail supporters! Newton Trails has an unexpected opportunity to pave a 1/2-mile section of rail trail at a reduced rate, but only if we can act quickly before concrete prices are expected to rise in February.
Newton Trails volunteers worked tirelessly for a number of years to acquire the 14.9-mile railroad corridor that runs from Covington to just outside of Newborn. With the acquisition complete, we had plans to pave a 1/4-mile section of rail trail from Elm Street to Anderson Avenue in 2017, as soon as we raised the needed funds (~$60,000). However, a local concrete company has said they will pave the 1/2-mile, 12-foot-wide section from Elm Street to Floyd Street for $68,000. As of right now, we are $25,100 short. The price of concrete is going up in February, so we have to act fast to take advantage of this great deal.
If 100 people give $250, 50 people give $500 or 25 give $1,000, we can get this done. And, we know that a paved section of rail trail will be a model and inspiration for further trail development. We plan to recognize those who donate $500-$999 as trail founders in our newsletter and at our trail ribbon cutting on April 5. For those who donate $1,000 or more, we will incorporate inscribed granite markers into the Elm Street trailhead design in recognition of their support.
We hope trail supporters will consider donating at the $1,000 level so that we can pave as much trail as possible before concrete prices rise. Of course, we will certainly be grateful for any donations that bring us closer to our goal. The cost of concrete is going up in February, so we have to act fast.
To support the project, please contribute through the Newton Trails donations page or send your tax deductible donation payable to Newton Trails, P.O. Box 2010, Covington, GA 30015. If you prefer to mail a check, please email us to let us know so that we can be on the lookout for your donation. Also, please feel free to contact us with any questions.
Newton Trails is an all-volunteer, 501(c)3 nonprofit, and all membership contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.