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TRTC Receives Grant for ATT Water Fountain

Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) has awarded TRTC with a $5000 grant for the acquisition of a water fountain to be installed at a trail parking area we are developing at Pittard-Sears Road. We hope to break ground for this area this Fall and to have the fountain installed by the end of the year. Stay tuned for updates on this project. We'll be a having a workday later this year to construct the concrete pad for the fountain.

Group Rallies for Safety on Durham Section of the ATT

In response to a number of attacks on users of the ATT over the last year, a Durham-based group, District 3 Partners Against Crime, is now spearheading a "Walk the Trails with a Friend Day" community event. The group's goal is to get neighborhoods along the trail to participate in a day of walking that will culminate in a gathering downtown. Plans and a specific date are being worked on as of mid-August. Please see an August 19th article in the Durham News http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/19/2277940/group-to-rally-for-americ... for background on this group and the current views of Durham's police officials. We'll be following this development and provide updates as they become public.
August 26 Update/Corrected Date: Walk the Trail With A Friend Day will be held on Saturday September 22nd from 9am to 7pm. This walk is a community response event, not affiliated with the City or County of Durham. It will be a day when concerned citizens take a stand against crime - responding to the recent concern for everyone's safety on the trail. EVERYONE is encouraged to bring their friends, family and pets. It is a day for families, bikers and walkers of all ages. Come and spend time enjoying our beautiful American Tobacco Trail. Bring your bikes, trikes and sneakers; enjoy a stroll or get some exercise.
See Event Flyer http://www.triangletrails.org/pdfs/WalkDayFinalD2.pdf

September 2 Update: City Councilman Steve Schewel is inviting walkers/runners to converge on the American Tobacco Trail on Tuesday evenings (I'm sure cyclists, skaters, etc. are also welcome!). Here's his message:
"Let's take the trail back by running it together in the evenings. To that end, I'm going to be running five miles on the trail each Tuesday evening for the next three weeks, and I invite Forest Hills neighbors and others to run it with me. (No one has to run the whole five miles, of course. Any distance, running or walking, will do.) We'll meet at the head of the trail, Mile 0, and run south for 2.5 miles and then back to the start. That will take us past Fayetteville St. and thus twice (coming and going) through the area where there have been the most problems with crime on the trail of late. Here are the days and times I will run:
Tuesday, September 4, at 5:00 PM
Tuesday, September 11, at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, September 18, at 6:00 PM"
September 10 Update Durham Police Boost Presence on the ATT
A September 9th article in The Durham News http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/05/2319568/durham-police-put-utvs-on... reports recent arrests connected with the trail assaults and the acquisition of three utility-terrain vehicles for use on the ATT and Durham's other greenways. Deputy Chief Larry Smith said police have conducted more than 200 "directed patrols" on sections of the trail in recent weeks.

WRAL Video on the American Tobacco Trail

Recently WRAL's Bill Leslie pulled together a really nice video depicting the serenity which many users find on the ATT and how using the trail effects their daily routines. The video only runs a few minutes, so check it out at this link: http://www.wral.com/lifestyles/travel/video/11314520/#/vid11314520

Pass with Care Signs Installed on ATT in Durham

TRTC has installed Pass with Care signs at 6 locations on the ATT north of Highway 54 (Near Dunhill Drive, near Summit Station, 2 near Solite Park, near Lawson Street and near Enterprise Street). These signs are similar to those installed by Cary on the Chatham section. Pictured is the new sign at Enterprise Street just south of the DBAP. After completion of Phase E, we plan to install four to six more signs south of NC 54.

New Interim Parking Opened At New Hope Church Road

Cary has finished the trail repairs south of New Hope Church Road and has now opened an area just east of the ATT for parking by ATT users. This is not a large area but should accommodate ~16 vehicles. Cary has allocated funding for a larger, permanent lot on New Hope Church Road to be constructed in 2013.

Tobacco Road Marathon Again Donates to TRTC for ATT Support

Once again, TRTC has received a generous donation from the Tobacco Road Marathon. These funds will be used for a number of ATT projects over the next year and allow us to continue our trail maintenance efforts. In recent years funds like these have enabled us to build connector trails at Lawson Street and at Herndon Park and to continue our efforts to improve signage, provide mowing and surface repairs on the southern Durham County section of the trail and to pay rentals for the porta-john at the Fayetteville Road trailhead. In 2012 we will be developing a parking lot at the Pittard-Sears crossing in Chatham County and continue our maintenance of the southern Durham section until it is closed for Phase E construction.

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