Volunteers to build Cold Brook scenic path

RUTLAND Rutland will soon have a new scenic recreational trail in the south end of the city on land owned by Vermont Sport and Fitness Club on Curtis Avenue. The club is sponsoring a Trail Building Day, Saturday, Oct. 18, starting at 9 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to join the group and help create a new one-mile loop along Cold Brook. The trail will be free and open to the public, with free parking and will be an addition to the trail systems throughout the city, such as Patch Pond and Pine Hill Park. Neighbors, local businesses, non-profits, and especially many volunteers are invited to help build the trail. Every kind of helper is needed, skilled and unskilled for heavy and light work. You'll get plenty of exercise, have some fun and meet new people-and you'll be giving something to your community, too. Tools will be on hand or bring your own along with gloves, if you have them. Lunch is provided. Meet at the club and help for a long as you like. With the help of many, VS&F hopes to reestablish community ties to this natural area that once played host to a multitude of recreational activities. For years it was home to Eddy Pond, where the Eddy Ice Co. cut ice for old-fashioned refrigerators. Residents used the area for snowmobiling, ice skating, swimming in the summer, and even little sailboats until the Army Corps of Engineers removed the dam in the 1970s. The new trail will meander along the old stream bed, Cold Brook, for about a mile. It's a peaceful spot with wildlife and several vistas. There are future plans for picnic tables and benches. Club staff member, Sheila Fowler, with help from club members Rick and Kathy Pingree (who inspired the trail), is heading the project. To get involved, call Sheila at 802-777-2690 or call Vermont Sport and Fitness at 802-775-9916 to sign-up as a volunteer or to learn more.

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