An old sofa and chair, rusted metal, bottles and cans and carpet were among the debris removed from the side of the Silver Bell Trail on Friday.
“You immediately notice the change. It looks 100 percent better,” said Patty Williams after seeing the completed job at an old dump along the trail.
Partners and volunteers from the YMCA, Activate-MHC and the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) worked on the site.
John Pinkard contacted Cari Zimmer of Activate and offered the use of his tractor and trailer to help remove some of the trash mound that was at the location before the trail was built.
Along with Brad Kinkema, Lisa Hall, Brian Williams, A.J. Maheu, Sian Gooding and Zimmer, the 20-foot trailer was loaded to capacity and hauled away.
Once the trash was removed, new trees and shrubs were added to make a natural barrier to the rest of the pile hidden under years of overgrowth.
“The volunteers who came out today show how great the partnerships are. We all help each other get the job done, and it’s a testament to how important these trails are to our community,” said Williams, program manager with DRBA.
Zimmer, who organized the cleanup effort, said, “I love this trail and it’s a beautiful place for people to have a quiet escape surrounded by woods right here in the heart of the city.”