A large crowd gathered last Friday for the groundbreaking ceremony of Phase I of the Tower Trail walking trail. Hogansville Council members Jean Crocker, Bobby Joe Frazier, Jack Leider and Thomas Pike were in attendance, as well as representatives of the Hogansville Charitable Trust, the Downtown Development Authority, and the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce. Joe Walter of Precision Planning, the engineering firm that designed the trail, was also on hand.
Vickie Brown, Chair of the DDA, expressed her gratitude for the many people who made the trail possible, including Mrs. Peggy Hines and Mrs. Abraham Feigenbaum for donating property for the project, and including the efforts of Kathy Rogers, Jimmy Powers, Mack Reynolds, City Manager Bill Stankiewicz, and former DDA board member David Barnes.
Phase I of the project was funded by a $100,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails project, along with funds from the Hogansville Charitable Trust and a contribution from an anonymous donor. Phase I will complete the beginning of the trail at the old Water Tower located near the historic amphitheater and Hogansville Elementary School. Phase I also provides for removal of overgrown kudzu and other vegetation in the area.
Phase II will continue the walking path, winding downhill towards Oak Street and ending near the water plant. A parking area on Oak Street and a trailhead are also planned.
Phase III of the project will connect the trail to the downtown area as well as provide for renovations to the historic amphitheater.