Tifton Gazette

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November 10, 2012

TAGA wants citizens to go tour walking paths at Old Ocilla Road retention ponds

TIFTON — “Connecting Tifton towards healthy living one pathway at a time” is the mission of Tiftarea Greenways Association (TAGA).  This non-profit, Tifton based group composed of local volunteers is inviting the Tifton community to come out and check out the walking path at the retention ponds on Old Ocilla Rd. today from 2-4 pm for TAGA’s Family Fun Day.  

There will activities for young and old alike. Kids can have fun and get an aerobic workout in the bouncy house supplied by the Tiftarea YMCA.  A group walk along the unpaved walking trail atop the retention pond berm will take place at 2:30 pm for families and individuals interested in “stretching their legs” and enjoying a little fresh air on what promises to be a beautiful fall day.  

If you are lucky, you might get a glimpse of an eastern bluebird or two, near some of the nesting boxes that have been erected for them.  These boxes were built and donated by James Walker and were erected with the help of Karan Rawlins, Ted McElroy and sons, Sharon Petzel and Bret Wagenhorst. You can look for invasive plants on your walk along the ponds after you learn about them at the displays in the information kiosk at the trailhead, built by Dan McLaren.  

Throughout the afternoon, the Blues Devils jazz band will be performing live music, and there will be free popcorn and water to drink. To top off the event, at 3:30 p.m. there will be a pet parade/walk around the trail, led by a representative from the Tift Co. Animal Shelter.  All pets must be on a leash. All the events are free and open to the general public.

TAGA president Sharon Petzel notes that TAGA is working with the city and county to establish a system of trails in the area that can be used for walking, biking, jogging, running, or just enjoying nature.  These “greenways” would help integrate homes and workplaces, preserve natural spaces and promote fitness in the community.  She points out that the path you see around the retention ponds on Old Ocilla Rd. are just a part of this area wide trail system.  TAGA secretary Ambur Humphrey adds that anyone wishing to help promote healthy living in Tifton is welcome to volunteer with TAGA.  She can be reached at the Tiftarea YMCA.

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