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Tuesday May 31st, 2016 7:58PM

Helen Rotary supports multi-use trail development

By Dean Dyer WRWH Radio
HELEN - The Rotary Club of Helen has presented a $500 check to Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA), Northeast Georgia Chapter. This contribution begins the funding to build 20 miles of natural-surface trail as part of the 1,000-acre outdoor recreation area planned by the White County Commission. <br /> <br /> White County has leased property from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources with the stipulation that the county create a multi-use recreational playground on this land. This is the former Outdoor Therapeutic Program property, which is about 1,000 acres and includes a 53-acre lake.<br /> <br /> SORBA representative Kathy Wood, in her presentation to the Rotary Club of Helen, said SORBA is the trail user group that presented to the county commission a design for a multi-use natural surface recreational trail system that will accommodate other land usage, such as ballfields, disc golf, fishing, etc. <br /> <br /> "Such a trail system means to build trails that are all-purpose, trails that appeal to a broad range of user groups - sustainable natural surface trails, intended for non-motorized use," Wood said. <br /> <br /> According to Wood, White County has a remarkable opportunity to turn this idle land into a state-of-the-art, multi-use outdoor recreation area to serve citizens and visitors for decades to come.
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