ELDON - Community members gathered at Eldon's Rock Island Park to help clean up the site of a possible future walking and biking trail Saturday. Volunteers picked up trash along the proposed trail route, which spans three miles inside the city limits.
The event's organizer Sharon Taylor said, even though the project is still in the early planning stages, locals are already pitching in.
"[The volunteers] have known that this trail has been in the mind of some citizens for a long, long time and they want to help make it happen," Taylor said.
Taylor said local families, Chamber of Commerce members, and bikers made up the group of volunteers. One area business owner, Scott Harrison of Capital Mortgage Solutions, donated refreshments and lunch for the volunteers.
"There are a lot of people. We are a small town, so 20 [volunteers] is a significant gathering on a Saturday morning in the month of December," Talyor said. "It's chilly, there's a chill wind, and there's Christmas shopping to do and we've got people out here picking up trash on a future walking, biking trail."
Saturday's volunteer event was the first community workday for the Rock Island Trail project that is expected to take nearly two more years to complete.