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Everything Greenway Day will shed light on new trails

At Everything Greenway Day on Friday, March 17, trail enthusiasts can learn all about present and future greenways in and around Henderson County, the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway announced.

The presentation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Oklawaha Brewing Co., 147 First Ave. East. Representatives will present plans for the Ecusta Trail, the Saluda Grade Trail, the Clear Creek Greenway, the Hellbender Trail and the Oklawaha Greenway and describe Henderson County’s Greenway Master Plan.

A formal presentation will begin at 5:15 with a rousing rendition of the “Oklawaha Song” performed by the Oklawaha Singers. Starting at 5:30, representatives will update the audience about each trail.

“It will be great to have all of the present and future greenway professionals and advocates in one place — kind of a one-stop shopping experience for greenway enthusiasts,” organizer Katie Breckheimer said. “People can see how bright our future looks, having so many of these linear parks available for off-road walking and biking. So much of our focus is on the Ecusta Trail these days, people may not know about the other trails being planned.”

Everything Greenway Day is part of a month-long fundraising benefit for the Friends of the Oklawaha Greenway. Through the generosity of owner/brewer Joe Dinan, the greenway Friends group will receive a portion of all pint sales during the month of March. Money raised will help fund the greenway's new Birding Trail and Native Plant Garden.

“Friday, March 17, is St Patrick’s Day,” Friends Chair Suzanne Hale noted. “There’s not a better day to come downtown to the Oklawaha Brewery and have a beer with friends. Plus, you’ll get to learn about area greenways while you’re there. Don’t forget to wear green!”