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10K planned to 'pave the path'

CONYERS - A group of residents is organizing a Pave the Path 10K walk/run to raise money and awareness for a multi-use trail to connect Olde Town Conyers to the South River Trail.

The event is scheduled for

8 a.m. May 10 and will start and finish at the old Southerness Golf Course where the existing trail enters Rockdale County. Organizers are now seeking sponsors and vendors to rent tent space at the event and supply donors to provide needed materials.

Money raised from Pave the Path will be used toward paving a trail spur that will connect Olde Town Conyers with a trail that will eventually run from the Arabia Mountain Nature Center to Panola Mountain State Park and to the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in south Rockdale County.

Brent Taylor of Contes Bikes and Fitness in Conyers said organizers decided a run/walk would be the best way to get the word out about the trail and the possibilities it holds when the trail system is completed.

"I myself run part of that trail at Arabia Mountain every Sunday, and I'm amazed that I find so many people who don't realize that we have this kind of resource in our community," Taylor said.

Taylor likened the effort here to similar events and community support at the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County. That trail starts in Smyrna and runs 60 miles across west Georgia to the Alabama state line.

The event is also meant to let people know the efforts being made by both Rockdale County and the city of Conyers to bring the trail here.

The county recently received a $780,000 federal transportation grant to go toward trail construction. Meanwhile, city officials have earmarked $500,000 of sales tax revenue designated for greenspace to be used in building a trail spur from Olde Town, down Parker Road and to Ga. Highway 138.

Taylor and the other organizers are working as a citizens' committee of the Conyers Main Street program and Conyers Downtown Development Authority. Along with the walk/run for the trail, other projects include developing safer walking paths for Pine Street and C.J. Hicks elementary schools and seeking Bicycle Friendly Community designation for Conyers.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.

SideBar: At a glance

What: "Pave the Path" 10K run and walk to raise money to build an Olde Town Trail to connect from Conyers to the South River Trail. Both trails will connect Rockdale County to the PATH Foundation network of multi-use trails in metro Atlanta

When: 8 a.m. May 10

Where: The Rockdale County terminus of the existing trail at the old Southerness Golf Course at Alexander Lake Road

For more information: Organizers are seeking sponsors and volunteers for the race. If you are interested, call organizers at 770-483-1231 or the Conyers Main Street Program at 770-929-4239. E-mail Main Street Director Monica Coffin at monica.coffin@conyersga.com