October was chock full of Waynedale Trails & Sidewalks Initiative (WT&SI) events. In October, as part of the road construction on Lower Huntington, a long awaited ramp coming out of Foster Park connecting to the St. Mary’s Pathway was completed at the intersection of Lower Huntington, Fairfield and Tillman Roads. It has been well traveled in the short period of time it has been open. However, the new trail connection brought to light an opportunity along Fairfield Road.
Waynedale Trails & Sidewalks Chair Camille Garrison spoke more on that subject. “As a committee, we saw this area desperately in need of some TLC and we felt it was important to improve the esthetic appearance of this major artery leading into Waynedale. Many of our committee members joined together with a few residents in the Winterset and Lincolnshire neighborhoods to clean up the stretch. We devoted both Saturday and Sunday afternoons to picking up trash, cutting back overgrown foliage and painting the rusty guardrails lining Fairfield between the intersection and the trail parking area. And what we didn’t get done, several volunteers came back the following Sunday to finish up the job.”
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped: Steve Binkley, Beulah Matzak, Alex Cornwell, Megan Ryan, Marilyn Geist, Harold Seeman, Mary Stark, Jay Brower, Karen McClain, Kathy Freiburger, Terry Menchaca, Terry Menchaca Jr., Alexia Cantasano, Antonella Cantasano, Jack and Camille Garrison.
Prior to the cleanup, on Saturday, October 24th beginning at 10 a.m., 23 businesses joined together at Kingston Residence, Winchester Road, for a Trunk or Treat fundraiser for the WT&SI. Approximately 200 children got their photo taken compliments of Walgreen’s, plus trick or treated with the Kingston residents and then enjoyed the goodies offered by the many businesses and churches who paid to participate in the event. Total monies raised through the participation fee and donations that morning was just over $1,000.
The following Thursday evening, October 29th, a fundraiser was held at the Subway on the corner of Bluffton and Winchester. This is the second event that Subway has done to promote awareness of the WT&SI. The first was held at their South Bluffton Road store in December of last year. Subway District Manger Kris Brewer stated, “Subway is always pleased to support the Waynedale Trails and Sidewalks Initiative. Ultimately, the new trails and sidewalks slated for Bluffton Road will benefit all the businesses located in the heart of Waynedale by providing a safe access for foot traffic.”
Save the date! On December 8th, Pizza Hut on Bluffton Road will be hosting a fundraiser for the Waynedale Trails & Sidewalks Initiative. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. they will donate 10% of all lunch sales to the WT&SI. Please join us!
If you have questions about the Waynedale Trails and Sidewalks Initiative or would like to volunteer for upcoming projects, please contact Camille Garrison at email@example.com.