opposition has frequently been reversed into enthusiasm by neighbors who use the trail.
The trail project proved a learning experience for its supporters. “We were all well meaning people but didn’t know what went into building a trail: the design, construction, and pulling together a coalition,” said the project’s other co-president, Eleanor Horne. As a result, she said, everyone involved in the Lawrence Hopewell Trail had an opportunity to be a part of the design. “Working on the same side of the table as corporations built positive relationships,” said Taylor and has created a “synergy between the two towns that would not have existed otherwise.” It has been this open communication and exchange of ideas that has largely contributed to the success of the project, she added.
Treating the construction of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail as a “gift to the community” is what Eleanor Horne believes persuaded corporations such as ETS to get involved. “The trail would be a gift that will outlast us and our generation,” and it is this idea that has inspired those involved in the project.
For more information on the trail and how to get involved, visit: http://lhtrail.org/