Tweetsie Trail organizers are just over three months away from opening day, but they’re a little behind in funds.
Tweetsie Trail Task Force chairman, Dr. Daniel Schumaier, said they still need $50,000 to complete the project.
“This has been a community project between Johnson City and Elizabethton so it’s all funded through donations and we’re trying to get the last donations so we can complete the trail and by Labor Day, have it open,” Schumaier said.
But organizers are staying optimistic and are planning to have a celebration on Labor Day to commemorate the 10-mile walking and biking trails completion.
Originally slated for three phases, after constructing 7.3 miles last year, organizers have cut the rails-to-trails project to just two phases.
In the coming weeks, construction is set to begin on the second part of the trail– which will extend from Holly Lane in downtown Elizabethton to Hatcher Lane, just past Snap-On Tools.
Since work on the Tweetsie Trail began, those who have donated to the project have had their name posted on honorary plaques or bricks along the trail. Dr. Schumaier said, as a special incentive to donate to the final phase, the Tweetsie Trail Task Force will plant trees with donor names along the trail path between downtown Elizabethton and Elizabethton High School.
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