History continues to unwind here in LaGrange and Troup County, weaving together different communities into one giant family. That is the goal of the Thread, the new multi-purpose walking trail system that is currently on going in different places across the city. Beginning with the first section, the model mile, at Granger Park, the Thread seeks to eventually bring the entire community together through many miles of connected trail systems. This past Wednesday afternoon, September 27th, a large group gathered at Eastside Park for the ground breaking ceremony of phase two of the Thread.
Even though the weather was hot, there was still a huge turnout of smiling faces gathered around the mound of dirt for the ground breaking. Many elected officials and public supporters were on hand, people who have been extremely active in the creation and development process of the Thread. Of course, many members of the parent group the Friends of the Thread, including director Natalie Hale, were there as well.
Before the ceremony, there were some people to speak to the crowd on hand, including Mayor Jim Thornton, President of the Callaway Foundation, and City Councilman LeGree McCamey. It was McCamey, who also serves as a board member for friends of the Thread, who laid out a vision for the crowd, a vision of people being able to step out of their homes and walk to grocery stores, banks, and pharmacies before walking back to their homes. This is the kind of vision that the Thread brings that could one day be a reality for La-Grange and Troup County. After the speeches, the elected officials and sponsoring partners all gathered together and turned the dirt, officially signifying the beginning of phase two.
The Thread is another in a long list of examples of everything that makes La-Grange and Troup County a perfect working community. Through the use of partnerships with both public and private entities, including the City of LaGrange, Troup County, the Callaway Foundation, and several other local organizations and businesses, the community is treated to incredible service and amenities that other areas are not accustomed to. It is partnerships like this that have brought us the Sweetland Amphitheater, Wild Leap Brew Co., the upcoming coming Great Wolf Lodge, and many other local attractions. The interworking connection between these entities is the perfect parallel for the Thread, named in honor of LaGrange’s textile industry past. These connections weave and thread us together, making us stronger year after year.