City Officials Announce Nature Trails Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 361-3649

Monday, February 13, 2012

 

The City of Prattville owns approximately 62.5 acres of property off Main Street. The property is accessible currently through Kiwanis Park located on Perrydale Loop.

Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. has had a vision that this land be used to develop a nature trails park that will provide walking, hiking, biking, and mountain biking trails not only for Prattville residents, but also for the entire region. There is also the possibility of adding equestrian trails after Phase I of the project is complete.

"While Prattville has parks, we're still lacking adequate green space for our population," stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. "It is my hope that this kind of amenity added to our city offerings will promote health, wellness, more family fun and family time."

The City of Prattville is putting together a committee for this project. Anyone interested in participating on the committee or actual work on the trails themselves should contact the following individuals:

Hikers and Trail runners should contact Drew Peterson, or (334) 361-3640

Cyclists and Mountain Bikers should contact Lt. Ricky Roberts, or (334) 361-3275

Birdwatchers and Equestrians should contact Councilman Ray Boles, or (334) 365-4211

Anyone interested in participating that does not fall into one of those groups may contact Mayor Bill Gillespie, or (334) 391-3948

Although Mayor Gillespie will remain actively involved in all aspects of this project, Councilman Ray Boles has stepped up to lead the committee. The first committee meeting will be set before the end of February. Trails work will commence between March and April with the Committee hoping to have Phase I complete by the end of this summer.

The City of Prattville owns an additional (approximately) 100-acre parcel of land in District 2 off Martin Luther King Drive, which will be developed into an archery range along with additional biking and equestrian trails. This project will require the establishment of an additional committee. We will release more information and a call for participants for this second project at a later date.

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