EASLEY/PICKENS — The Rotarians of Easley and Pickens recently joined forces to create a resting point for travelers on the Doodle Trail.
The new mini-park, which held its ribbon cutting on Sept. 13, was the brain child of Linda Cassell and Jonathan Strange. It was a park nearly three years in the making.
“Jonathan and I may have come up with the idea, but a ton of credit needs to go to the current Easley Rotary President Lucas Durham,” said Cassell. “It never would have happened without Lucas.”
Cassell, who is a member of Pickens Rotary, said Durham and his company, Landscape Perceptions, donated not only the grading but the rock itself.
“He organized all of the work, from arranging the concrete to the engraving of the rock,” said Cassell. “He used his expertise as a landscaper to help all of the volunteers know what to do on the work day … He actually did more work on this project than anyone else.”
Nearly 50 people gathered for the ribbon cutting including members from both Rotary clubs. Pickens Mayor David Owens marveled at what was accomplished by the two organizations working together.
About $6,000 was secured by Cassell and Strange in the form of Rotary grants but the remainder of the estimated $15,000 in funds needed for the park was raised by the two clubs — Easley and Pickens.
The park, which was designed by Blake Sanders of Alta Planning, sits at the midway point on the trail near the intersection of Elljean and Rice Roads.
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