Residents of Laurel View Village in Davidsville can take pleasure in a fair higher view of this season’s altering palette of colours from a newly expanded nature trail.
The trail was devoted Sunday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Residents of the retirement group raised a lot of the funding for the challenge themselves, accumulating $10,000 in donations to match a $5,000 giving problem set by resident Terry Dunkle. A $5,000 contribution from Lee Initiatives Health and Wellness Endowment, plus further contributions from Laurel View Village’s board of administrators, have been used towards creating the 1-mile trail.
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Dunkle, who moved to Laurel View Village practically 4 years in the past, mentioned he walks the nature trail no less than as soon as a day. He mentioned that being part of this and different tasks on web site has helped him grow to be acclimated to the group.
“When I moved here, it felt like I was a tenant — but I figured if I’m going to live here the rest of my life, I’d better get involved,” he mentioned. “I feel like it’s my home now.”
In complete, the trail challenge generated greater than $30,000 in donations and different monetary help, mentioned Barb Cotchen, growth affiliate at Laurel View Village.
That complete features a $5,528 arts grant from the Pennsylvania Rural Arts Alliance and the 1889 Foundation, which sponsored a residency by Philadelphia-area mosaic artist Jessica Gorlin Liddell at Laurel View Village earlier this yr.
Liddell led a collection of workshops with residents and workers to create clay tiles for 3 custom-designed mosaic benches for the trail. The three concrete benches have been sponsored by residents Threse Baywood, Frank Rovder and his household, and Gene and Jo Spangler.
Liddell mentioned that she loved the chance to work with the group’s residents on the challenge and assist them uncover their inventive skills.
“It shows that when we work together, we can make beautiful things,” she mentioned.
Eagle Scout candidate Rylejohn Wright additionally labored on the nature trail, putting in a picnic space, a number of fowl homes, steel benches for seating and mile marker posts. He collected $2,700 in donations and contributed 145 hours of group service for the trail.
The nature trail is open to the general public throughout daytime, Cotchen mentioned. The trail’s entrance is situated at the parking space behind the Fresh Harvest restaurant.