JONESVILLE — The results are in from a recent survey of Jonesville area residents on what they would like to use the Jonesville Greenway Trail for the most.
The number one answer, with 93 percent positive response, was walking the trails, reported Pat Benton, a member of the Jonesville Tourism Development Authority who headed up the greenway public information and input meeting just a couple of weeks ago.
Other requested uses and additions for the greenway included jogging or running (27 percent); bicycling (40 percent); horseback riding (47 percent); walking a marked fitness path (53 percent); camping (40 percent); fishing (40 percent); boating, including canoeing and kayaking (53 percent); picnics (67 percent); public shelter (40 percent); and amphitheater (47 percent).
Additional suggestions from those attending were to add benches and tables and for it to be a site to enjoy wildlife, birds and flowers.
The information gathered will be used when applying for grants to help fund projects involving the greenway, which has trail heads at the Greg Martin Park behind the cinemas and another at the Jonesville Town Hall.
New larger signage clearing marking the trail heads also is being planned by the TDA.
During the TDA meeting held Nov. 24, employees with Tri-County Awards presented a proposal for signs to be erected which will include the greenway’s colorful logo.
The proposed sign is a high density polyurethane which is two inches thick and will keep a natural look, similar to the signs already used at town hall. The sign will be waterproof and long lasting.
Once the sign is ordered, it could be available in a minimum of 10 work days. The cost to the TDA will be $2,200, or $110 per square foot, which is a deal for the community, explained the men from Tri-County Awards. Typically signs with the material would cost $125 to $150 per square foot.
The TDA members requested a formal quote for the sign to include installation before a vote can be taken.
Mayor Gene Pardue, a member of the TDA, reported that a grant application to help find a second bridge along the greenway trail was not awarded.
Of those attending the input session, Benton reported eight expressed interest in volunteer opportunities with the greenway.
She suggested a meeting just to discuss the individual survey suggestions and how to incorporate those into the greenway’s master plan to be scheduled some time after the new year, and how to address the grant denial.
“Not getting this is really going to hurt us,” said TDA member Danny Lewis of the grant.
Earlier in the meeting Jonesville resident Judy Wolfe suggested hosting a Midnight Run 5K as a fundraiser for greenway projects. She said it could be held in late winter or early spring, but no final details were worked out at the meeting.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.