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Leadership class unveils trail project in Forsyth

Watershed education signage added to Caney Creek

The Leadership Forsyth Class walks the Caney Creek Preserve trail. (click for larger version)

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Forsyth County Commissioner Todd Levent, center, along with Leadership Forsyth’s 2013 class, community leaders and sponsors, during the ribbon cutting for the new trail at the Caney Creek Preserve. (click for larger version)
May 13, 2013
CUMMING, Ga. — The 2013 Class of Leadership Forsyth officially opened a new self‐guided interpretive trail May 10 at the Caney Creek Preserve.

Working in conjunction with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, Forsyth County Parks and Recreation Department, Leadership Forsyth's class of 33 participants installed seven signs and added 2,500 feet of new trail.

The 2013 class built the self‐guided interpretive trail to teach about the importance of the county's watershed and other flora located in Caney Creek Preserve.

The preserve is located 2755 Caney Road with another parking lot and covered pavilion at 3055 Caney Road, west of the intersection with Brookwood Road.

The approximately 63‐acre Caney Creek Preserve features 1.2 miles of walking trails, a dog park, two pavilions, natural amphitheater and a one-of-a-kind playground with an archeological dig site and water play area.

"This is good for the community," said Jerry Kinsey, director of parks and recreation for the county.

The new trail is accessed from the existing trail and includes educational signage designed by students at UGA. The Leadership Forsyth Program, which started in 1989, has graduated about 700 participants, said Board Chairwoman Linda Roberts-Betsch.

"This project will leave a legacy for the community," Roberts-Betsch said.

Leadership also provides educational experience, awareness of community institutions and involvement with community leaders, volunteers and offers resources.

The ribbon cutting ceremony was also an opportunity to thank sponsors of the trail, which included Georgia Power and dozens of local businesses.

"Everybody who comes to this park will know what the Class of 2013 did," said Tom Dill, who led this year's Leadership Forsyth class.

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