Friday, October 9, 2009

"Happy Trails to You" Senior's Day

Fieldale, VA—“Friends of the Fieldale Trail”, a team of Adopt-a-Trail volunteers, in coordination with the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) and the Henry County Parks & Recreation (HCPR) would like to invite the community to attend a special event celebrating senior citizens at the Fieldale Trail on Saturday, October 24th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to team captain Paula Wyatt, “the group would like to give the senior citizens a chance to find out what all the talk is about on the Fieldale Trail.” The free event will include guided tours, live music, and informational booths on senior’s health and fitness. “This will be a time to show the community what these trails have to offer people,” said Wyatt.

Throughout the day a variety of informational booths will be set up to inform and educate seniors about fitness, health, and programs available to assist them in the Martinsville and Henry County area. Guests will also have a chance to enjoy live music and guided tours of the trail. Two sections of trail are offered: one is just under a mile long and the other is 1.5 miles long. Both sections are flat and easy to walk. For seniors that are unable to walk the trail, special tours on a golf cart will be provided so that they may too experience this great resource. It is important for the general public to know that motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Fieldale Trail; special permission was obtained from Henry County to use golf carts for this one-day event.

The “Friends of the Fieldale Trail” volunteer team began in May 2009 when DRBA and HCPR first partnered together to develop an Adopt-a-Trail Program. Since its inception there are now six teams with more than 40 members working to monitor trails along the Smith River Trail System in Martinsville and Henry County. Hosting events like the senior’s day, allows the volunteers to showcase the wonders found on their trails. Volunteers Charles and Pat Dameron feel that walking the Fieldale Trail is “a golden opportunity to see Mother Nature up close and personal right in our own backyard.”

The Fieldale Trail is located in Fieldale, Virginia on South River Road past the Lower Smith River Water Treatment Facility. It is open daily from dusk to dawn and admission is free. Ample parking, restroom, river access, and picnic tables are available for your convenience. The Fieldale Trail is funded in part by the Dominion Foundation and operated by Henry County Parks & Recreation. For more information on the event or to sign up for a tour, contact “Friends of the Fieldale Trail” by calling 276-647-3274 or 276-340-2234.

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