Work parties sought to clean, maintain trail

Friends of River Trail groups are being asked to organize work parties for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 27.

Fourteen groups have volunteered to assist in helping to clean and maintain River Trail, which stretches 2.5 miles from Indian Acres Boat Ramp to South Fouth Street.

This is the sceond all-trail work day since the volunteer groups were organized by the Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club early this year. Groups volunteer to help clean debris (sweet gum balls), trash and grass from the asphalt multiuse trail. Volunteers also report safety hazards along the trail so they may be immediately inspected for safety repairs.

The rowing and cycling club will be working on the former historic lockmaster’s house between the former Ohio National Guard Armory and the U.S. Post Office to place heavy brick-looking concrete slabs next to their club headquarters along the trail.

Other issues along the trail include weeds growing close to or over the trail, overhanging branches, poison ivy and nearby objects – such as dead limbs – that could be hazards to trail users.

Groups are encouraged to work on their portion of the River Trail and to get to know members of groups working on either side of them.

Information available: Roger G. Kalter at (740) 373-1784 or rogerkalter1@yahoo.com