May 24, 2018

GO Local blazes trail at Sycamore Park

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Members of Crossroads East Side converged on Sycamore Park and cleared 1.2 miles of trails in a four-hour volunteer work session.

BATAVIA – When a boss says go, you go. When that boss happens to be the boss, you GO.

Crossroads Community Church’s GO Local program is all about, serving the boss. GO Local put 12,000 people in 15 cities in action, performing hundreds of service projects May 11 to 13.

Several volunteers from Crossroads East Side selected Sycamore Park for its project. A team of seven cleared 1.2 miles of overgrown trails in a four-hour span.

“That’s an amazing chunk of work,” said Park District Deputy Director Tim Carr. “We are grateful to Crossroads for giving us their time and talent. Their work is going to make the park more enjoyable for our guests and make it easier for our staff to get equipment in and out and continue what they started.”

Jim Meyer – who organized the team at Sycamore for Crossroads with John Zinnaker – said it was a bit of a passion project for him. He’s a retired trail manager and long-time Clermont County Park District volunteer.

“I just love to be outdoors and in nature,” he said. “That’s pretty much it. I’d rather be outdoors. I’ve always enjoyed hiking om the trails; Sycamore the Wilson Nature Preserve are already kind of my patch.

“Crossroads’ mantra is ‘Be the church.’ We believe in serving and getting out in the community and doing what we can. This was just a good way to bring those two things together.”

Crossroads brought a motorized brush cutter for Park District maintenance staffer Jay Niederhelman to chop through the more severely blocked parts of the upper loop trail and ridge trails. Volunteers used loppers, shears, hoes and hedge trimmer to clean up the sides and edges of the trail, as well as to clear drainage channels.

Interested in volunteering with the Park District? Call Naturalist Alyssa Rooks at 513-876-9013 to get involved.

Crossroads Eastside volunteers attack the underbrush to clear the trails in Sycamore Park.

A map of the Sycamore Park trail system. Areas in black are where Crossroads East Side volunteers cleared the path.

The “after” picture of newly cleared trails in Sycamore Park thanks to volunteers from Crossroads East Side.

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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