|By Bob Weaver|
"The new Calhoun Park recreation trail
will be a real asset to the community,"
according to Duane Poling, Chairman of
the 11 member Calhoun County Park
Board. The three and one-half mile trail
can be used for hiking, jogging or
biking for young and old, he said.
Poling said it could be used in winter
for cross-country skiing or
"It will open up the park for more use,
which is what we want to happen,"
said Poling. The Calhoun Commission
has applied for a grant to re-roof the
multi-purpose recreation barn and a
visionary idea of building an outdoor
amphitheater is on the board.
The Appalachian Bike Classic is a major
community event held at the park every
year. "It is a great spectator event for
older people, families and kids," said
Poling. "We hope people in the
community will come out and enjoy the
Work is rapidly progressing on the
$100,000 project and is expected to be
completed before the Appalachian Bike
Classic in June. The Calhoun
Commission helped obtain the grant for
the project, which includes a local
"in-kind" contribution of $20,000.
The trail is carefully designed with
special inclines and will be covered by
a tightly-knit gravel which packs into the
soil to make a smooth surface.
"Actually you can get on the trail at
several places, if you don't want to do
the entire course," said Poling.