Community grant given to bring Rome together through outdoor recreation
ROME, Ga. – February 19, 2018 – Saturday morning, local nonprofit Trails for Recreation and Economic Development of Rome/Floyd County (TRED), was awarded a $5000 community grant by the Heart of the Community, a local foundation that raises money for heart-centered projects. Money from the grant given to TRED will be providing trail amenities for the General Electric (GE) Trails at Garrard Park including a grill and picnic tables. TRED hopes that these new features will encourage more people in Rome to use the trails.
“It’s really exciting that we were chosen from a lot of very, very worthy nonprofit organizations by the Heart of the Community to be a recipient,” said Julie Smith, president of TRED. “With the excitement around trails, it’s a perfect fit for Heart of the Community and TRED to partner for heart-healthy initiatives. I think this is just a testament to our public-private partnership and our ability to reach out and create those connections within the community to further our goal of enhancing trails.”
TRED’s award acceptance took place at the Heart of the Community Foundation’s Heart Walk-Cycle-Paddle Event. The foundation gives out awards each year to individuals and organizations in the month of February. TRED, along with the other recipients of organization community grants, attended the event and took part in using the trails that Rome has to offer. Harry Brock, board member for both TRED and the Heart of the Community Foundation, explained that the heart behind the event “is really just an opportunity for people to get together and focus on a heart-healthy day.”
Trails for Recreation and Economic Development of Rome/Floyd County is a nonprofit that works with the local Rome and Floyd governments through a public-private partnership in order to create a better environment and benefit all locals and visitors. Their goals include creating an updated system for accurate trail counts, starting the Mount Berry Connector trail as well as connecting Rome, Georgia to the Silver Comet Trail.