Trails behind Parcours Youth Lake, once bustling with Soldiers training, rest somewhat forgotten and partially overgrown. Adopt-A-Trail asks volunteers to help breathe new life into this old trail system, filled with various paths and more than a dozen exercise stations. (Photo by Jeremy Henderson)
Published: December 11, 2014
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (December 11, 2014) -- The Fort Rucker Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation hopes to reclaim forgotten trails in 2015 with the aid of volunteers and the Adopt-A-Trail program.
“Volunteers can earn recognition by helping MWR maintain the running and biking trails on Fort Rucker,” Lori Ciranni, Fort Rucker sports, fitness and aquatics manager, said. “The volunteers visit their trails and do minor clean up, document maintenance needs, report acts of vandalism, interact with trail users, promote trail safety and encourage an overall positive use of public trails.”
Commuters along Farrell Road may notice the scenic expanse of Parcours Youth Lake, but few realize an adventurous expanse of trails exists within the wooded area surrounding the water. Those trails are one of two locations volunteers can help maintain.
“Adopting one of our trails is a great way to give back to your community,” Ciranni said. “In doing so, you not only gain that sense of pride of giving back, but it is a program that promotes healthy living. It is a way for a couple or family to be with each other without the hustle and bustle of modern technology.
“While walking and working on the trails, you get the added benefit of beginning or maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and could possibly spark an interest in biking, hiking or running,” she added. “Maintaining the trails can also be used to learn the plant life and wild life in our area. The society we live in unfortunately is a lot about taking. This is a great chance to learn or teach someone the rewards received from giving.”
Volunteers are asked to commit three months of maintenance to their assigned trail. Volunteers are asked to visit their trail each month to document maintenance needs, report acts of vandalism, interact with trail users, promote safety and encourage positive use of the trails.
“As a result of concerns brought up as part of the installations Army Family Action Plan, Fort Rucker’s DFMWR community recreation division developed the program to gain assistance from the concerned individuals and organizations,” Ciranni said.
Volunteers will be required to attend orientation in late January before volunteers begin visiting the trails in February.
“The program is open to anyone wishing to volunteer,” she said. “It can be an individual, a family, an organization wishing to use this as their community project or anyone with an interest in giving back to their community. Participation in this program not only promotes community stewardship, it helps maintain our highly used, difficult-to-maintain trails.”
Applications are accepted for the spring season until Jan. 12. DFMWR will follow up with applicants the week following the application deadline.
For more information or to register for the program, call 255-9567 or visit www.ftruckermwr.com/fort-rucker-adopt-a-trail-program.
This article was originally published at http://www.army.mil/article/139855/
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