Leadership Macon nearly finished with Ocmulgee Heritage Trail project

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – “It’s so important to a healthy lifestyle,” said Leadership Macon member Ruth Sykes.

Even a trail as long as the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail  needs the occasional bridge to stay connected.

“Connecting not only geographically along the river north and south, but also connecting people,” said Sykes.

That’s the plan for the Leadership Macon Class of 2016–including Sykes.

“That’s why we adopted this as our project,” said Sykes.

A gravel path now connects the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail from Riverside Cemetery to Amerson River Park.

The project took months of hard work.

“We also put in the sweat equity to literally cut down branches and trees and blaze the trail,” said Sykes.

Now it takes one final piece to bring the trail together.

“We’ll raise the additional money to build a bridge to go over this gully and really impedes the trail development,” said Sykes.

The gully is impossible to cross without the help of the bridge.

“It’s a metal bridge so it will last a very long time. It has been constructed and primed. It’ll come in on a trailer and put into place with a crane,” said Sykes.

The money comes from the Class as well as quite a few sponsors.

“Thanks to all the partners who already had money set aside to work on the trail,” said Sykes.

The Ocmulgee Heritage Trail will come closer to being finished.

“With Leadership Macon’s class raising the last 95,000 dollars we were able to, you know, put it all together,” said Sykes.

Bridging people to people.

“We saw the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail as such an important piece of Macon’s connectivity,” said Sykes.