Trail digging gets started, makes rapid progress

Volunteers digging the trail at Boulevard Woods, including Walker Harmon (foreground), Brian Cooke (middle), and Alex White (way back there).

Wow. Christine Traini, trails and open space supervisor for Athens-Clarke County’s Leisure Services Department, guesses that volunteers dug out about 25 percent of the whole proposed trail at Boulevard Woods on the first day of digging—a training day.

Eight volunteers gathered Sunday, Jan. 29 for a quick training session on trail digging techniques, and promptly got to work. Soft soil conditions, a good, cool working temperature and lots of energy all contributed to getting more of the trail corridor dug out than initially anticipated.

Thanks to volunteers Walker Harmon, Carla Francis, Brian Cooke, Tom Keene, Brian Irwin, Dan Lorentz, Jerry Daniel and Alex White for getting so much done. And thanks to Christine Traini for providing the training.

More work days will be scheduled soon. Stay tuned.

CANCELLED: Trail digging to resume Sat. Jan. 21


Today’s volunteer trail digging work session has been cancelled. We will reschedule soon. 


After a long holiday break, trail digging will start-up again at Boulevard Woods.

The corridor has been cleared, and—with the ground now nice and soft—it’s time to dig the trail bed. We’re looking for about 10 folks to help us over the next few weeks to complete the work.

Christine Traini, trails and open space supervisor for ACC Leisure Services, will offer a refresher course on trail digging techniques this Saturday, January 21 from 10 am to noon at the park.

Please join us if you can. And if you happen to own a pulaski, a mattock or fire rake, bring it with you. We’ve got some tools to share, and safety glasses We’ll supply water and snacks. Wear gloves and hardy toe-covering shoes. (And pants and shirt, of course.)

Email Dan Lorentz at if you can make it.