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27 June 2006
Coca-Cola Paves Way for Chief Ladiga Trail

Coca-Cola announced Monday that it will donate $100,000 to the Chief Ladiga Trail to help pave the remaining eight miles of the trail in Cleburne County to connect to the Silver Comet Trail. Half the grant will fund a gateway park equipped with bicycle racks, payphones, picnic tables, restrooms, a sheltered pavilion and maps and brochures for tourists. The grant is part of a larger $500,000 grant Coca-Cola donated to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that works to transform abandoned railroad lines into walking trails and greenways.

Pete Conroy, director of JSU's Environment Policy and Information Center (EPIC) who also serves as chairman of the Chief Ladiga Trail Board, hopes the completed trail here will attract more tourists to cities along the Chief Ladiga Trail and contribute to the local economy. See story at The Anniston Star's website:

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