FROG group helps update, improve North Augusta Greeneway trail

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News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- North Augusta is a community that takes pride in its parks and recreation. A new group of volunteers is looking toward the future to make sure The Greeneway trails are taken care of.

It's called "FROG," or Friends of the Greeneway.Hundreds use The Greeneway every day to bike, run or walk, but "FROG" wants to make sure The Greeneway grows and gets even better.

Eric and Erwin spent the morning riding their bikes along The Greeneway.

"Beautiful place -- The Greeneway -- they do a really nice job, nice area," said Eric Whipple, as he enjoyed The Greeneway.

"I love to ride The Greeneway because it's nice and smooth; I don't have to worry about dirt," said Whipple's riding partner, Erwin Hay.

Both men are excited to hear about "FROG."

"I think it's great, a group of individuals going out together, keeping everything safe, anything that needs some attention, again their going to protect and preserve The Greeneway," Whipple said.

"I think it's an awesome thing, to have a group to continue to try to upkeep and even take it to a higher standard. I think it's wonderful, and I think it's needed. I'm glad it's in place," Hay said.

FROG was renewed from an older Greeneway trust group that took a break.

"We do things like simple clean up work on Saturdays and we want to add to that. We want to add more bathrooms, water fountains, play stations," explained Martin Cochran with Friends of the Greeneway.

"We're thrilled that they're involved and it's really started to show a difference," said John Felak, program coordinator for the City of North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services.

It's one of the most popular views in all of North Augusta.

"There's not a time you don't see someone on here, you can't walk the length of it without seeing people on it," Martin said.

"It was a railroad used by Norfolk Southern and after the closed it down, the city had a chance to take advantage of it, purchase some of the right of way and turn it into the trail it is today," explained Karl Waldhauer, superintendent of programs & facilities with the City of North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services.

"It's a lot of folks walking, jogging, running, it's a lot of people out here," Hay said.

The group is applying for grants and hoping with your help, they can make a difference down the road.

"We want it to be for our children's children as well, so you really have to take care of what you have to get involved with The Greeneway, watch it grow, help it connect," Martin said.

"It's just a beautiful place to ride," Whipple said.

They're also involved in planning a way to possibly connect other Augusta trails, like the Lock and Dam and Savannah Rapids, to The Greeneway.

"FROG" is looking for new volunteers and members. They're really interested in feedback here, too. For more information on how to get involved, click here.

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