Marietta’s River Trail – a 2.3 mile paved path along the Muskingum and Ohio rivers – has become a popular place for bikers, runners, dog-walkers, or those just taking a scenic stroll.
But with a tight city budget, proper trail maintenance is not always a priority.
WMOA News spoke with Kitty Clark with the Marietta Rowing & Cycling Club, who said their members noticed parts of the trail deteriorating.
“The City of Marietta just doesn’t have the resources right now to give it full attention, so a couple members of our group said ‘Well, if there’s an adopt-a-highway, why don’t we see if we can get something started?’”
So began “Friends of the Trail”, which solicits clubs and service organizations to “adopt” different sections of the trail to upkeep.
City Councilman and Rowing & Cycling club member Roger Kalter is helping coordinate the project and says the City has only three workers to take care of all park and land-related and can’t take care of everything.
“There are still going to some things like asphalt and crack-sealing that the City has to take care of and volunteers don’t have the resources for,” explains Kalter, “But things like keeping the trail cleaned up, clearing vegetation and taking care of the salt boxes, those things we could use help with from the citizens groups.”
Marietta Middle School teacher Kim Depue said her National Junior Honor Society students adopted part of the trail as a service project and went to work the first week of November.
Eighth-grade student Emma Morris says they spent the afternoon picking up trash and cleaning up their trail section, which runs along Ohio Street from the pavilion to Fourth Street. “It was cool to see everyone who uses the park and have us helping improve the trail’s aesthetics and a good experience to see us helping the community in a way they can see.”
Roger Kalter says other organizations adopting trail sections include the MOV’n Dragons, Marietta Harbor-Wasco workshop, and Friends of the Museum.
Those interested in taking part can call Kalter at 525.1833.