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Maintenance Fund Started for Marietta's Increasingly Popular Trail Network
Posted on: 11/12/2013
By  Mike Cullums
A new funding effort called the Marietta Trail Maintenance Fund has been established via the Marietta Community Foundation to support the on-going maintenance and construction of the increasingly popular off-road mountain biking and hiking trails.
The trails are located in wooded areas in and around the city, and consist of a natural tread surface, typically 18-24 inches wide.  To date, the Marietta Trail Network includes nearly 20 miles, open for public use, free of charge. Uses include: mountain biking, trail running, hiking, walking, and bird watching.   
Ryan Smith is the owner of Marietta Adventure Company and one of the organizers of the Rivers Trails and Ales Festival. The Festival has kicked off the Trail Mainteance Fund with a donation of 500 dollars.  
Ryan Smith spoke with WMOA News:
“The idea for the maintenance fund came about after speaking with some of my customers who enjoy using the trails…but because of work or family obligations maybe can’t participate in a lot of the volunteer work days, where we do regular maintenance on the trails, or when opportunities come about to actually build new trail.”  
And so, Smith says, the goal is to grow the fund to so that a contractor can be hired to go through the entire trail network once per year, knocking back vegetation, removing downed trees, and complimenting the ongoing work by volunteers.  
Donations to the Marietta Trail Maintenance Fund can be made through the Marietta Community Foundation at 100 Putnam Street, or online at mcfohio.org. The Foundation’s phone number is (740) 373-3286.  
For more about the new fund or the Marietta Trail Network, contact Ryan Smith at (740) 525-0171 or mariettatrailfund@gmail.com.  
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