October 3, 2002

Tiger Trail Keeps Prowling Ahead

The Tiger Trail Team has been working hard to complete a fitness trail around the Scotland County R-1 outdoor classroom. Currently, the team has constructed a chat trail around the pond and through the meadow back behind the north school. The chat trail connects to a wood chip-based nature trail that meanders through the woods where the outdoor classroom and amphitheater are located. The team also constructed an entranceway leading out to the bus garage where people will be able to park.

The tiger trail project has received much community support. The City of Memphis, the Scotland County Commission, M&O Concrete, and Jamie Kice have donated materials and equipment to lay the foundation of the trail.

In addition, volunteers have donated countless hours to this project. Win Hill, who has just recently retired from MoDOT, has been instrumental in leading the construction efforts. Win's wife Helen has also been heading up fundraising for the project. Other active members include Vivian Perry, Dan Remley, Tom Deberry, Harlo Donelson, Jerry Grosenkemper, Steve Snodgrass, Pam and Brian Chance, Barbara Chance, and Lori Moots. Paul Campbell has attended some of the meetings as well on behalf of the school board.

The Tiger Trail Team has submitted a grant to the Recreational Trails Program to help support short and long term plans. Short-term plans include placing a sign near the entrance-way (donated by Missouri Department of Conservation) in addition to some picnic tables and benches along the trail.

Some long-range plans for the trail include outdoor lighting, rubberized asphalt to replace chat and expansion north of the current area.

In addition to the Tiger Trail Team, other community organizations have projects planned for the area. The Fabius Master Gardeners are building a raised flower bed around the new sign and FFA plans to establish some native grass demonstrations along the meadow area. The Children's Health Task Force is sponsoring a walking club for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders that will use the trail for its activities.

The next Tiger Trail meeting will be October 2, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. at the Health Department.

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