PROGRESS CONTINUES: Friends of The Thread Celebrates New Segment at Hillside – LaGrange Daily News
Friends of The Thread unveiled the final segment of The Thread on Friday afternoon.
The connection to the Hillside will extend from the baseball field at LaGrange College to the Callaway Foundation building. Four segments – Granger Park, Eastside Park, LaGrange College and Country Club – have been completed since the project started in 2016.
Friends of The Thread chairman Charlie Metcalf said a lot has happened since the last ribbon cut.
“We really haven’t had a chance to celebrate three more segment completions,” said Metcalf. “I’m so grateful that we didn’t have to stop construction. I am so thankful for this trail that during a very difficult year we still had the opportunity to get outside, breathe some fresh air, see other human beings in person, from a safe distance of course.
Currently, a section is under construction from Cherry Street to Mulberry Street Cemetery, then will take the railway line and down Dunson Street to Callaway Memorial Tower. It will continue south to Hunnicutt Street.
Another partially completed segment of The Thread goes from Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services to Calumet Park, where it ends. Ultimately, this segment is expected to continue west through the Calumet Park neighborhood, cross East Depot Street and the railroad tracks, and connect to another segment near Southbend Park.
“If you haven’t had a chance to walk on it yet, that’s great,” said Metcalf.
Metcalf noted that Mayor Jim Thornton, Troup County Commissioners, City Manager Meg Kelsey, Deputy City Manager Bill Bulloch, City Planner Mark Kostial and the landscaping team are all essential to making The Thread meets.
He added that almost 10 miles of The Thread has been completed.
“This project is truly a product of our community,” said Metcalf. “Ordinary citizens who put forward good ideas and listening political leadership work together and help implement them. I am very fortunate to be able to serve alongside such talented people on the Friends of The Thread forum. “
A portion of the funding for this segment comes from a grant from the Recreational Trails Program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Metcalf said he hopes to see more locals using The Thread as temperatures warm and summer approaches.
“I know many of you have heard the story of how the mayor and I went to a $ 5 million breakfast one morning,” Troup County President Patrick Crews said. “Here we are many years later, seeing the returns of that breakfast. It has been a great asset to our community. “
Crews added that LaGrange was named one of Atlanta Magazine’s 10 Most Dynamic Non-Atlanta Downtowns, and he specifically mentioned The Thread.
“It’s part of our ownership here, we are certainly happy to be a partner in ensuring that The Thread continues to move throughout our community,” said Crews.
FOTT recently announced details of its transformative new community initiative called ‘I Train on The Thread’ and unveiled new fully planned road races on The Thread for 2022. With Emory’s support at LaGrange, Friends of The Thread will host the Emory Thread Races on Saturday February 26, 2022 and will include three races.
The races include a completely free 1-mile fun run, a 5-mile run, and a 10-mile run.
The 5K and 10K are both USATF certified and will serve as qualifiers for the AJC Peachtree Road Race.
“We are committed to beautifying and improving the Town of LaGrange and the County of Troup for our enjoyment, for the enjoyment of future residents, for the enjoyment of visitors and for our community,” said Thornton. “We are proud of LaGrange and we are proud of Troup County. We are looking for opportunities to show this. The discussion thread has become one of the main things that we like to highlight and that we love to talk about. “
Thornton said that while it started as a conversation at Gus’s Grill one morning several years ago, it has grown into so much more than that.
“We recognize that we are building 27 miles and that we are building this in stages,” Thornton said. “You can’t go out there and do it all at the same time. We have been strategic in trying to build phases around the city and link the facilities together. I think this segment is a prime example of that. “
He added that this new portion was also linked to the revitalization of the Hillside community.
“I believe bringing The Thread here will only enhance this revitalization of the brewery, restaurants, gift shops and all the various amenities here in this historic mall,” Thornton said. “It’s not just poured concrete. It’s about getting people out of their homes, bringing them into communities, bringing them into nature, enjoying the beautiful surroundings and enjoying each other’s time and friendship.