Greenway extension dedication today

Today is a ribbon-cutting day in Athens, with the ceremony to dedicate the next phase of the North Oconee River Greenway System set for 4 o'clock this afternoon at the College Avenue Trailhead near the intersection of College Avenue and MLK Parkway. This opening adds just over one-half mile of riverside trail to the Greenway Trail System.

From the Athens-Clarke Co government website…

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the next phase of the North Oconee River Greenway Trail System on Thursday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and assemble at the College Avenue Trailhead near the intersection of College Ave and MLK Jr Pkwy. Complimentary parking is available at the CHaRM Facility at 1005 College Avenue. Parking at the College Ave Trailhead parking lot is reserved for the mobility impaired.

This opening adds just over a half mile of riverside trail to the North Oconee River Greenway Trail System. With this extension, trail users have more connectivity options and can utilize a more scenic riverside path as they make their way along the trail system which stretches from Sandy Creek Nature Center to Dudley Park.

Trail users will continue to see ongoing habitat restoration work for several more months as the Athens-Clarke County Sustainability Office completes a project to eradicate invasive, non-native vegetation. Trail users can expect to see land management and invasive plant removal using hand tools, herbicides, prescribed fire or machinery to encourage native plant growth, as well as the replanting and seeding of native plants to restore the natural habitat.

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