Volunteers needed for bike trail initiative

By Matt Lasley - [email protected]

The Public Trails Association of Grayson County is currently seeking volunteers to move forward with the construction of local trails.

The association received approval from the Grayson County Fiscal Court last month to build the Taylor Fork trail system in the valley below the Grayson County Judicial Center in Leitchfield.

Following the approval, the Kentucky Mountain Bike Association (KyMBA) will draft and submit a Memorandum of Understanding to the Fiscal Court finalizing the agreement to allow the use of the county-owned property for bike trails.

“Now that we have land, we need to train volunteers,” said Grayson County Tourism Executive Director Anya Turpin.

A free “Trail Blazing 101” workshop has been scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25, and volunteers of all ages and abilities are invited to attend and learn the skills necessary to plan, build, and maintain the local biking, hiking, and horseback riding trails, according to Turpin.

While the training, which will be held on Feb. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Centre on Main, is free, space is limited to 20 people.

The workshop will take place over a full day, but, while it is encouraged that they attend the whole day, participants may attend for as long as they are able, Turpin said.

The goal is to have enough skilled community volunteers to begin work on the Taylor Fork trail system in March.

Additionally, the Public Trails Association of Grayson County will host a public presentation on Feb. 25 at 5:00 p.m. at the Centre on Main, during which a raffle will be held to raise funding for the purchase of trail tools, and Turpin and KyMBA Representative Vince Carman will speak on the goals and progress of the local trail initiative.

The free event will feature refreshments provided by Rick Embry, of Embry’s Bike Division in Leitchfield, and free coffee from Strange Cafe.

The next Trail Town Task Force meeting, during which the overall Grayson County and Lincoln Trail region trail project will be discussed in detail, will be held on Wednesday, March 1.

This meeting is open to the public, as well, and Russell Clark, with the National Parks Service (NPS), will speak on the support the NPS can provide Grayson County on local trail construction.

For more information and updates regarding the local trail initiative, visit the Public Trails Association of Grayson County’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ptagcky or contact Turpin directly at 270-259-2735 or [email protected]

By Matt Lasley

[email protected]

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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