Volunteering to help Knox Co. greenways and trails

The county’s trail maintenance volunteer program is up and running and open for volunteers. From a county release:

Knox County introduces new Trail Volunteer Program

Knoxville, Tenn. — The Knox County Parks & Recreation Department is implementing a new community-wide Trail Volunteer Program that will offer local trail and greenway users the opportunity to make the park system a friendlier, cleaner, more inviting place to bike, run and play.

The program is a partnership between Knox County, the City of Knoxville, the Town of Farragut, Ijams Nature Center and Outdoor Knoxville. Those interested in joining the program can apply online at http://knoxcounty.org/parks/trail_volunteer/application.php

Any responsible adult, of any age and ability, is welcome to take part. Volunteers should be willing to commit a few hours each month to visit their specific trail or greenway. Even a small contribution of time will be helpful, and the experience will be rewarding and fun.

The basic responsibilities of a trail volunteer member are to:

GREET all trail users and act as goodwill ambassadors for our community.

INFORM users about the park and trail system, trail directions, etiquette and rules.

ASSIST users who are lost, need bike repair, first aid (when trained) and assist local governments or land managers concerning maintenance and illegal activity.

Full disclosure: I have previously and currently volunteer to maintain trails. Back in N.C. I took a couple of volunteer classes to help learn trail building technique and helped crews design and build some sections of the Mountains to Sea Trail in the Piedmont. Since moving here I have a section of the Appalachian Trail that I’m responsible for keeping. There’s no link between the volunteer work I do/have done and Knox County, that I’m aware of at this time. But I can say this about my experience with trial work in general: a day of hard labor makes that libation at the end much more rewarding. Also, you get a sense of satisfaction in helping create something others can enjoy.


About Gerald

A journalist in Knoxville, TN. Work (mostly) inside and play (mostly) outside. I'm a part of the X or the Y generation. None of us claim the other.
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