Taylor PardueStaff Writer
March 25, 2013
Jonesville’s greenway project is slated to open in mid-May for the public, with some work to be completed following the opening.
Jonesville Tourism Development Authority board member Dale Swofford updated the rest of the board during Monday’s monthly business meeting.
Swofford told the board he would need to rent an excavator for some remaining work on the trails and pathways winding around the site. The path is relatively clear but needs to be leveled before completion.
Grass has been planted and is beginning to grow, giving a green hue to the landscape according to Swofford. He said the grass had began to grow in two clumps.
Grandeur Cycle is currently welding and preparing a nautical flagpole for the property and is projected to deliver the finished product for Swofford to paint on May 1. The shop is also on standby for a gate to be completed at a later time. Following the removal of 25-30 trees on an adjoining property the town has purchased, a parking lot will be installed at the bottom of the hill leading into the area.
Scott Buffkin told the board a driveway into the greenway was “nowhere close.”
Tractor Supply donated a galvanized watering trough for the site’s horse paddock. Swofford as fastened into a wooden support to prevent theft while giving the trough a rustic look. The mount and trough are fastened into the ground to further prevent tampering.
In addition he has constructed an automatic closing gate “like his grandfather used to make.” The design consists of a log suspended by a chain under tension, which closes after being let go much like a screened door on a house.
Swofford told the board he would like to bring a large tent he owns to the property and set it up behind the horseshoe pitching area. He envisions it being used by the town to teach and show the history and future of the greenway, but would also like to use the area for churches to advertise their vacation bible schools and like activities. Swofford is the minister of both Jonesville Methodist and Ebenezer Methodist Church.
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