Survey says: lubbers are popular for trail name

According to our SurveyMonkey survey of possible names for the trail at Boulevard Woods, the five top suggestions that the most respondents liked at least a little are:

1. Lubber’s Lane (with 101 of 131 respondents liking)
2. Boulevard Woods Trail (99)
3. Barber Lane Trail (tie at 97)
4. Lubber’s Loop (tie at 97)
5. Shiny Happy Trail (95)

If you rank the suggested names by a weighted average (how many respondents gave how many “hearts” to a suggestion), then the top five candidates are:

1. Shiny Happy Trail (2.96 “hearts”)
2. Lubber’s Lane (2.93)
3. Boulevard Woods Trail (2.90)
4. Barber Lane Trail (2.76)
5. Lubber’s Loop (2.70)

What to make of this?

“Lubber’s Lane” was liked at least somewhat by the most people—so that’s one takeaway. But the slightly fewer people who liked “Shiny Happy Trail” liked it a lot. Then again, the difference in the intensity of the preference between “Shiny Happy Trail” and “Lubber’s Lane” was also slight: just .03 percent. And there’s this to consider: of the top five candidate names in both ways of ranking, two include “Lubber” which suggests this element is fairly popular.

What’s next?

The survey results and responses have been forwarded to the good folks at Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department, who invited us to make suggestions. They’ll mull over our feedback. We’ll keep you posted about any decisions they make or any additional input they may seek from us.

About the survey

We collected 29 candidate names. Suggestions were made on neighborhood Facebook pages, on the neighborhood listserve and via emails from park volunteers and supporters.

Survey respondents were asked to rate the candidate names on a scale where five “hearts” meant that the respondent really liked the suggestion and fewer hearts to indicate less enthusiasm. Respondents could “skip” candidate names they didn’t like at all. There were 131 respondents.

The data we collected (from June 8 through June 14) allowed us to see what names most people liked at least a little bit and also allowed us a rough gauge of the intensity of the liking.

Thanks to all who participated. This was fun.

Candidate names, ranked by number of respondents, then by weighted average

Lubber’s Lane 101, 2.93
Boulevard Woods Trail 99, 2.90
Barber Lane Trail 97, 2.76
Lubber’s Loop 97, 2.70
Shiny Happy Trail 95, 2.96
Barber Hill Trail 94, 2.63
Streetcar Loop 94, 2.37
Lubber Trail 92, 2.03
X Branch Trail 91, 2.49
Townie Trail 91, 2.32
Hooker Highline 91, 2.09
WH Benson Trail 91, 2.09
B&B Trail 90, 2.12
Boulevard-Barber Trail 89, 1.85
Pylon Trail 88, 2.11
Boulevard Bender 88, 1.68
Volunteer Trail 88, 1.65
Boulevard Wander Trail 87, 1.79
The Boulevard Dip 87, 1.70
Shinrinyoku Path 87, 1.41
End of the World Trail 86, 2.00
Woodpecker Walk 86, 1.62
Ort’s Trail 85, 1.71
Canopy Walk 85, 1.47
Gyrate Loop 84, 1.54
Railroad Wander 84, 1.56
Wandering Way 84, 1.5
Boulevard Corkscrew 84, 1.43
Overlook Trail 83, 1.41

Opened-ended, anonymous comments

1. Please don’t reference REM, they don’t live here ya know…berlin, seattle and LA

2. As indicated above I like several of these. But I think I like #29 Best, assuming at the entrance to the trail there would be a sign explaining the concept of shinrinyoku. It’s a really neat concept, which is increasingly being verified by scientific investigation. Plus, the concept captures perfectly what this short but very atmospheric trail will be best at doing.

3. maybe just “Benson Trail” (leave off the W.H.)

4. Barber Hill Trail is the best of these. As mentioned above, “Barber St is on a hill…” Notably, too, the trail itself is on a hill.

5. Pylon Parkway (refers to a nearby area on private property where the band played during the formative years of the often-mentioned Barber St. music scene.)

6. Anything referencing hookers and cocktails maybe not such a great idea for a family park/trail?

7. Clearly, Hooker Highline is insulting beyond words and should not be considered further. I appreciate suggestions related to history, but this just smacks of snarky white college-boy humor.

8. How did Trailey McTrailFace not get a nomination? Are we past that now?

9. Just to recognize that if that property was historically part of an african-american community that it not be named something relating to white only experiences…ie townie, rem, etc. And preferably name it after someone from that community if there was such a community there or what they historically called that area.

10. Serenity Now Trail

11. I like the historical perspective. Most of the other suggestions are subjective, they might mean sonething to someone, but absolutely nothing to most people with- out explaining what is meant. Too tedious.

12. Numbers 1, 12 and 18 are not appropriate and should not be forwarded.

13. Dan, thanks for organizing and doing all this. I helped clear brush during the park’s inception period way back in 2011 for the River’s Alive event, and although I’ve since moved away from Athens, I’ve very much enjoyed hearing about the park’s progress. Congratulations on all you’ve accomplished. Luke W.

14. Lubber’s Lane

15. Traily McTrailyface

16. I think Lubber’s Lane would be funnier, but Lubber Lane is good, too.

17. Traily McTrailface

18. Lubbers’ Lane instead of Lubber Lane. It’s punnier that way! 🙂

19. Hooker is a very derogatory/disrepectful term. I’m going to assume there really isnt a chance that will be the name of the traiil.

20. If it’s not Orts trail I don’t wanna live in Athens anymore


Riverview Foundation does it again!

We’re getting another grant from Riverview Foundation! This one will be for $50,000, and will enable us to create the playscape and neighborhood gathering area that we’ve planned. As long as we get approvals from ACC and raise any supplemental funding we may need, we’ll soon have an even better Boulevard Woods. Thanks Riverview Foundation!

Trail work at Boulevard Woods, Sun., Feb 19, 10am to noon

We’re getting there. About 80 percent of the trail at Boulevard Woods is done. We could use your help this Sunday, Feb. 19 from 10 am to noon to work on the final stretch.
If you want to dig, please wear hardy toe-covering shoes. We’ve got the tools, but feel free to bring your own pulaski or mattock or fire rake, if you’ve got one of those. We’ve got a few spare pairs of gloves and safety glasses, too. We’ll show you what to do and where to do it. We’ll have a cooler of water on hand.
If digging seems a bit much, then we can certainly use your help picking-up trash. We’ll supply litter grab-its and buckets.

Early Spring Digging and Cleaning this Sunday (Feb. 12)

As you may know, we’re creating a trail at Boulevard Woods and could use a little help with digging and trash pick-up. If you’re up for it, please join us this Sunday, February 12 from 10 am to 12 noon.

If you want to dig, please wear hardy toe-covering shoes. We’ve got the tools, but feel free to bring your own pulaski or mattock or fire rake, if you’ve got one of those. We’ve got a few spare pairs of gloves and safety glasses, too. We’ll show you what to do and where to do it. We’ll have a cooler of water on hand.

If digging seems a bit much, then we can certainly use your help picking-up trash. We’ll supply litter grab-its and buckets.

Please email Dan Lorentz at if you can make it.

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.

Trail digging training session is set

The trail corridor at Boulevard Woods is cleared; now–with cooler temperatures coming–it’s time to dig the trail bed.

We need volunteers for this work, which will involve the use of pulaskis, adzes, mattocks and other interestingly-named tools to remove stumps, create drainage channels, level the ground.

If you’re up for this task, please join us Saturday, October 1 from 2 pm to 3 pm at the park for a training session on how to dig trails.

Christine Traini, trails and open space supervisor for ACC Leisure Services, will lead the training session.

Email Dan Lorentz at if you can make it.


More crew leaders trained

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Tom Keene, Marci White and Elizabeth Howard became crew leaders for the trail corridor clearing project at Boulevard Woods after a training session Wednesday afternoon led by Weed Warrior Gary Crider (brandishing both hand saw and loppers).

Training for trail-building supervisors begins


Gary Crider, implacable foe of invasive plants and experienced trail-builder, began training people on Saturday, June 18 to serve as supervisors for a trail corridor clearing project at Boulevard Woods.

The first class of trailblazer supervisor cadets (pictured above, from left to right) included Kelly Kuppersmith, Debbie Kuppersmith, Nick Hinson and Jerry Daniel. (That’s Gary, with the yellow gloves, holding the branch; cadet Dan Lorentz (not pictured) took the photo.)

A new trail network for Boulevard Woods has been approved by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department. Designed by Walt Cook, the indefatigable trailblazer who created Cook’s Trail along Sandy Creek among many other trails in Athens, the Boulevard Woods trail now needs volunteers to serve as supervisors to other volunteers to clear the trail corridor.

This project will take many hours to complete. We are hoping to recruit four-to-five additional people to serve as supervisors because we want to offer a variety of times and days for people to work on the trail-clearing project and we don’t want just two or three people being responsible for supervising all of it.

Stay tuned to learn of upcoming training sessions for supervisors and—soon—for corridor clearing work days.

Fully installed: bike repair station with air pump and tools


Big thanks to Fred Smith, longtime member of Bike Athens, for installing the tool set for the new bike repair station at Boulevard Woods. Now, not only can you inflate tires with the air pump, you can use the Philips and flat head screwdrivers, Allen and box wrenches and tire levers to adjust brakes and derailleurs and perform other basic bike repairs and maintenance tasks.