Wake Enterprises Nature Trail

Wake Enterprises Nature Trail

The Triangle Greenways Council recently participated in a collaborative, trail-building project with Wake Enterprises, Inc.   Wake Enterprises is a private, nonprofit organization committed to the vocational and social development of adults with developmental disabilities.  Wake Enterprises engaged Triangle Greenways Board Member and Volunteer, Robert Hinson, to help build a trail on the Wake Enterprises site on Air Park Road in Fuquay-Varina for the people they serve to enjoy.  The initial work on the trail, named the AHA Nature Trail, in recognition of the lead sponsor (At Home Assessments), was initially funded by a Fund-A-Need live auction held at Wake Enterprises’ Gala on October 2, 2009.   Mr. Hinson, in concert with Randy Senzig, Chair of the Science Education Department at Fuquay-Varina High School and Wake County’s Environmental Teacher of the Year, coordinated a group of approximately 40 volunteers from the high school’s Key Club and National Honor Society.  Other volunteers helping out included Mike & Ruth Olive, parents of Aaron Olive, a senior at Fuquay-Varina High School who has previously done volunteer work at Wake Enterprises and who initiated and helped to coordinate the school’s student effort; William Breazeale, Board Member with the Triangle Greenways Council, Kemper Covington of Covington Landscape, Inc., and Aaron White, Wake Enterprises Board Member.

Trail Raking

Trail Split

While Covington Landscape had placed, graded, and compacted granite screenings, that were donated by Martin Marietta, on a portion of the trail, the student volunteers spread mulch along the remainder of the trail (about 3/4 of a mile), as well as trimmed vines the length of the trail and generally cleaned up and removed debris from both the trail and a section inside a trail loop that will be wheelchair accessible.  On a day with great weather, the volunteers made significant progress in preparing this trail for use in the near future.  Bringing their own tools (wheel barrows, shovels, rakes and loppers), the volunteers had a great sense of satisfaction and enjoyed light refreshments provided by Mike Olive with the Enterprise Group (a Division of Domtar Paper Company) and Wake Enterprises.

Group

Thanks to the financial support of At Home Assessments and other donors, as well as the work efforts of these student volunteers and others, the AHA Nature Trail at Wake Enterprises is now becoming a reality – something that will be enjoyed by and used as a way of teaching the people served by Wake Enterprises.

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