Volunteers needed to clean river trail on service day

The 15 Friends of River Trail groups are being encouraged to clean and spruce up sections of the 3.5 mile multiuse trail Saturday during Community Service Day.

Volunteers will be working from 9 a.m. until noon along the trail, which begins at Indian Acres Park and ends on Jefferson Street next to Kmart.

Winter debris including leaves, limbs and dirt need to be removed from the 10-foot wide asphalt trail. Members of Marietta College’s ATO fraternity are going to be working to repair high-water damage to plantings between S. Fourth and S. Fifth streets. Mulch is being donated by Haessly Hardwood Lumber and delivered by Dick Boulton Construction.

Volunteers are being encouraged to remove sweet gum balls and other possible slip hazards from the trail. Volunteers also are being asked to report any safety hazards discovered.

Friends groups include: Marietta Hospice, behind the Marietta Wastewater Treatment Plant, J.D. Byrider, Brian Stine Carpentry between S. Fifth and S. Sixth streets, Marietta Middle School Junior National Honor Society between S. Fourth and Second streets, the Mid-Ohio Valley Dragon Boaters between Second and Front streets, the Colony-Hippodrome Theater between Front and Post streets, WASCO Workshop and the Harbor between Ohio and Butler streets, the Marietta Rowing and Cycling Club between the Historic Harmar Bridge and the Putnam Bridge, the First Unitariarn Universalist Church Greene Sanctuary Committee and ATOs in East Muskingum Park, Girl Scouts along Front Street, the Valley Gem at Knox Park, Friends of the Museums between the Ohio River Museum and Sacra Via Park, the Marietta Boat Club between Sacra Via and Clark Run Bridge and the Washington County Juvenile Center between the Clark Run Bridge and Indian Acres Boat Ramp.

About five additional volunteer groups still are needed for River Trail Phase III between S. Sixth Street and the Marietta Waste Water Treatment Plant.

To volunteer or information: (740) 373-1784 or rogerkalter1@yahoo.com