City of Aiken Arboretum Trail Re-Invented
The City of Aiken Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism will host a grand re-opening of the City of Aiken Arboretum Trail – Colleton Avenue Phase on Sunday, July 14th at 3:00 p.m. Guests are invited to participate in the ribbon cutting ceremony at the trailhead on the corner of Chesterfield Street and Colleton Avenue. Parking will be available in the rear parking lot of the Aiken County Public Library.
The Arboretum Trail has been in existence for many years. However, new life has been breathed into the trail. The new interactive trail will feature fresh, new plaques with uniform placement, a brochure box with rack card featuring general information on the trail, and best of all, an interactive mobile tour of the trees along the avenue. With more than 100 distinct trees and two miles of touring, visitors to the trail will be offered an opportunity to see and experience Aiken’s commitment to green spaces.
Glenn Parker, Director, Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, proudly states, “The updated City of Aiken Arboretum Trial will provide guests and residents alike a great opportunity to learn about the many species of trees along Colleton Avenue.” He adds, “New interpretative plaques will provide information that can be attained as you stroll along the trail via your mobile device.” The program (OnCell) allows visitors to the trail an opportunity via their mobile devices to leave feedback for developers of the trail.
Mr. Parker enthusiastically adds a special thank you to the volunteers that put in countless hours to make this project possible. “The City is fortunate to have very gifted volunteers willing to give of their time and expertise to make this new update to the Arboretum possible.” Specifically, Mr. Bob McCartney, owner of Woodlanders, Inc., assisted in the re-development of the trail.
The City of Aiken Arboretum Trail will open on Sunday, July 14th and remain open. Hours for the trail are seven days a week from dusk to dawn. While Colleton Avenue is a residential street, participants in the trail are encouraged to respect the residences along this historic avenue. The trail, itself, primarily runs throughout the parkway. For more information on the trail, please call (803) 644-1902 or visit http://www.VisitAikenSC.com. ‘