Ribbon cutting for the new GE Trails

Light rain Saturday didn’t stop a large crowd from taking part in the dedication of the new GE Trails at Garrard Park. Well over a hundred hiking and biking enthusiasts along with descendants of Dr. John L. Garrard huddled under tents near the trailhead, at the east end of the old General Electric parking lot, to dedicate the recreation area (map). The 123 acres are named for the doctor who originally owned the land and sold it to General Electric in July 1952 for $118,350. His youngest son, Bobby Garrard, who still lives in Rome, snipped the ribbon to officially open the recreational complex. Dr.Read More →

There’s no place like Rome for the 27th annual Up the Creek Trail and Century Ride on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ride leaves from The Forum in downtown Rome and heads north to the scenic roads and hills of NW Georgia. For those who want a shorter distance, enjoy a 5-mile family scavenger hunt ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trail system (multi-use paved path), sponsored by Harbin Clinic. Ride distances: 5-mile family trail ride, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 road options. Proceeds benefit TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) efforts to build and maintain trails in Rome and Floyd County. Up the CreekRead More →

December 15, 2016 By Doug Walker Associate Editor DWalker@RN-T.com A group organizing biking and walking trails on land donated to the city of Rome by General Electric got some more help from the company Thursday. Rome GE executive Cody Platt presented Trails for Recreation and Economic Development officials with a check for $5,000. The money will be used for the advancement of walking and biking trails at the park being generated on the 123-acre tract. “A portion will likely be set aside for ongoing maintenance of the trails,” said TRED President Julie Smith. Some of the funds are also slated to be used for theRead More →

JULY 14, 2016 the rules of the road Lindsey ENFORCEMENT, SAFETY, TIPS 7 Comments It can be hard to figure out what the hell you should be doing out there in the vast wilderness of traffic. People get angry about pretty much every behavior. Someone will get mad at you for following the law precisely, while someone else gets mad that you harmlessly break the law. Car-driving commenters love to rail about how bikers break the law and use that as an argument for why we shouldn’t invest in bike infrastructure or encourage cycling. Bike-riding commenters complain about drivers parking in the bike lane or pedestrians walking on bike paths. It’s all a hot mess.Read More →

  Over 530 cyclists rode the beautiful roads in Rome and Floyd County on April 30 during the 26th annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal Century Ride, co-sponsored by TRED and Coosa Valley Cycling Association.  Ride options ranged from the 13 mile Heritage Trail ride upwards to the 109 century route that ventured into Walker County. For the second year in a row riders departed from the Town Green and were able to enjoy lunch at local restaurants, a favorite feature of the riders.  Also a favorite feature of the ride was the delicious homemade strawberry ice cream that awaited riders at the LCCLRead More →

Rome, GA-Rome resident and TRED Board of Advisor, Dan Greeson was recently awarded the Steve Reynolds “Man of the Year” by the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation at the annual lunch meeting in Atlanta. Dan was nominated by TRED President, Julie Smith, and Keep Rome Floyd Beautiful Director Mary Hardin Thornton for his dedication to keeping the Heritage Trails clean from litter and debris. The Steve Reynolds “Man of the Year” Award honors an outstanding man who has demonstrated lifelong leadership in raising public awareness about solid waste issues, litter prevention and/or the need for citizens to participate in activities that preserve and enhance natural resourcesRead More →

TRED is also a stakeholder in this great project… Rome’s Heritage Trail signs offer bird sounds Rome’s Heritage Trail signs offer bird sounds Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis (left) and Rome Mayor Jamie Doss cut the ribbon for the new respite area and interactive trail sign at the celebration ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Sarah Lane/RN-T)   Posted on Nov 18, 2015 by Sarah Lane Recordings of native birdcalls played at the ceremony Tuesday marking completion of the rest areas and interactive signs on the Heritage Trail System in Rome. “It’s a great trail system and this just adds so much to the trail,”Read More →

Cave Spring economy depends on tourists Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015 10:00 am by Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune “Quaint” is a word that frequently comes to mind when people think of Cave Spring. Downtown Development Director Sandra Lindsey likes that — but “thriving” is the word she’d really like associated with the historic small town in southern Floyd County. “Remembering the past, improving the present, and building a strong future. Making available resources that encourage growth and prosperity while improving the quality of life,” is the DDA’s mission statement. Lindsey is the first to admit that there are still a few too many empty storefronts downtown. ThereRead More →

by Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune Three new shade-sail rest areas have been completed along the Oostanaula River levee trail, thanks to funding from a $69,105 2011 Georgia Recreational Trails Program grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Two of the new shade-sail rest areas are located between the Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue bridges, and a third is located midway between the Fifth Avenue bridge and Turner McCall Boulevard bridge. All three are equipped with benches and concrete pads. Four more stations are being added to the network.  One is behind Etowah Terrace along the Kingfisher trail beside the Etowah River. One is being builtRead More →