MGTA wins Community Fund grant

(The grant will fund preliminary work on this planned section of the trail, from its current end at Dollar General to Village Wine & Spirits.)

The South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF) has awarded the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance an $8,000 grant, which will be used for surveying and preliminary engineering on the portion of planned Mountain Goat Trail in Monteagle between its current terminus west of Dollar General and Village Wine & Spirits.

“Since its beginning, the South Cumberland Community Fund has been a strong supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail — this is the third grant they’ve awarded to the MGTA,” said Patrick Dean, MGTA executive director. “We’re very gratified by this latest demonstration of their support. These grant funds will allow us to move forward on one of the most in-demand sections of the Trail, which eventually allow trail users even more access to amenities in Monteagle.”

The South Cumberland Community Fund works to improve the quality of life across the South Cumberland Plateau by increasing philanthropic giving and providing community leadership. More information can be found at southcumberlandcommunityfund.org.

The Mountain Goat Trail will be yarn bombed April 1st!

Yarn bombing, an international movement of knit and crochet graffiti, will arrive at a 3-mile section of the Mountain Goat Trail between Pearl’s Restaurant and downtown Sewanee beginning April 1.

“Yarn bombing is the act of attaching handmade yarn items in unexpected places, such as a street fixture or landschape,” said Sandy Rice, project organizer. “It’s a way to make the world a little brighter and more fun, with no damage to the environment.”

Yarn enthusiasts from Grundy, Marion, and Franklin counties are creating crocheted and knitted items known as tags. They will be displayed along various trees, post, benches, fences and rocks along the Mountain Goat Trail from the project’s grand opening April 1st through approximately the end of May, when Mother Nature will be expected to take over the color display and the tags will be removed.

Parking on April 1 will be available at Mooney’s Market, Pearl’s, and the trail head parking area in Sewanee. There is no admission fee but donations to the sponsoring organizations are happily accepted.

Yarn bombing may have started in Houston, Texas around 2004 with a knitted item placed over a car antennae.  It is now an international movement of knit and crochet graffiti intended to inspire feelings of surprise, joy.  Some bombers may see it as taking a stand against the mass production of goods, others as taking a traditional feminine hobby and elevating it to an art form or bringing a solitary activity to a public forum.  Knitted and crochet items remind the viewer of handcrafted sweaters, scarfs and afghans — soft, warm, comforting, useful.

The Grundy Area Arts Council provides coordination, communication, promotion, and development of cultural activities in Grundy County and the Southern Cumberland. Emphasis is on efforts to reach under-served populations and to support indigenous arts, artists, and resources. To learn more, visit grundyareaarts.org.

The project is sponsored by the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance and The Grundy Area Arts Council. For more information, or if you would like to participate by making a tag or donating yarn, please contact project organizer Sandy Rice, sandrafrice55@gmail.com

4th Annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk April 8th, 2017

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The 4th annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, will be held on Saturday, April 8.

Online registration is through UltraSignup until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 7th. Event-day registration Saturday morning will be at Pearl’s (walk) or Angel Park in downtown Sewanee (run) between 9 and 9:30 am. Online entrants will need to check in at the start.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10 am in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10:00 at Pearl’s Foggy Mountain Cafe. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. Prizes will be awarded for fastest men’s and women’s times, as well as for best runner’s costume.

Registration is $20 for students; adult registration is $30 until April 1 and $35 on the day of the race. Registration includes Technical T and food at the finish at Mountain Outfitters, provided by Shenanigans.

Prize drawings and presentation of winners are planned after the run.

All proceeds benefit the Mountain Goat Trail.

Mountain Goat Trail Alliance receives Project Diabetes Grant

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The orange section in the above map, between Ingman Farm Road and the DuBose Center, is slated for construction of the Mountain Goat Trail using funds from the Project Diabetes grant.

The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) has been awarded a $317,000 grant from the State of Tennessee’s Project Diabetes program to construct a three-mile portion of the trail and to support health initiatives in Grundy County.

“Thanks to the Project Diabetes grant, our Go Grundy Campaign to connect Monteagle and Sewanee is one huge step closer to fruition. We are also excited to partner with the Grundy County Health Council on programs for people of all ages to promote healthy behavior, including using the Mountain Goat Trail for regular exercise,” said Patrick Dean, executive director of the MGTA.

The grant will facilitate construction of the Mountain Goat Trail between DuBose Conference Center and Ingman Farm Road. The MGTA has already received grant funding to build a two-mile section of trail from Ingman Farm to Tracy City Elementary School.

In addition, the grant provides funding to be used to support programs sponsored by the Grundy County Health Council, including school 5K walking and running clubs, adult walking contests, and creation of exercise/nutrition signage on the Trail.

Project Diabetes is a statewide initiative that funds, through the competitive bid process, innovative primary prevention projects to halt the increasing rate of obesity in Tennessee. The fundamental goals of Project Diabetes are to:
• Decrease the prevalence of overweight/obesity across the State and, in turn, prevent or delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes and/or the consequences of this devastating disease.
•  Educate the public about current and emerging health issues linked to obesity.
• Promote community, public-private partnerships to identify and solve regional health problems related to obesity.
• Advise and recommend policies and programs that support individual and community health improvement efforts.
• Evaluate effectiveness of improvement efforts that address overweight and obesity.
• Disseminate best practices for obesity prevention and health improvement.

This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee. Click here to learn more about Project Diabetes in Tennessee.

Announcing the Mountain Goat Trail ‘Go Grundy’ Campaign

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We’re excited to unveil the MGTA’s Go Grundy campaign! Over the next three years, we plan to reach these goals:

  • Extend the Mountain Goat Trail from Monteagle to Tracy City, enabling walkers and cyclists to travel 13 miles between Tracy City and Sewanee on the Trail
  • Work with our community partners to create and promote events and programs which encourage use of the Trail for healthy activities
  • Create safe walking and biking for schoolchildren along the Trail
The MGTA is committed to raising $150,000 over the next three years, leveraging almost $1 million in private and government funding for the Trail. We’ve already received commitments from the Lyndhurst Foundation, the Recreational Trails Program, and the Sewanee Community Chest, among many others.
The Downtown Tracy City section is being funded by a grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Transportation Alternatives program, with the Town of Tracy City providing the match.
The Tracy City Phase 2 section is being funded by a Recreational Trails Program grant awarded to the MGTA by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, with the MGTA providing the match.
The Monteagle-Tracy City segment is being funded by a Project Diabetes grant to the MGTA.

Donations to the MGTA will support the Go Grundy program. Watch for more updates and announcements coming very soon!

Lyndhurst Foundation Awards $90,000 Grant to the MGTA

 

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The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance has been awarded a $90,000 grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation of Chattanooga. The grant will be used to support the MGTA’s programs of railbed acquisition and trail construction in Grundy County.

“The Lyndhurst Foundation has been a supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail since the MGTA’s beginning. We are heartened to know that our efforts to connect communities along the Mountain Goat Trail have engendered such a strong vote of confidence as we plan our next steps,” said Nate Wilson, MGTA board president.

“The Lyndhurst trustees are very excited about the expansion of the Mountain Goat Trail,” said Bruz Clark, president of the foundation. “This project incorporates all of the elements we look for in a trail or greenway investment, including connectivity, conservation, physical activity, economic development, an enhanced sense of community, and creative placemaking. We are especially pleased that school children will be able to benefit from the next phase of trail development.”

The Lyndhurst Foundation identifies and invests in initiatives, institutions, people and programs that contribute to the long-term livability and resilience of the greater Chattanooga region. For more information visit http://www.lyndhurstfoundation.org.

Mountain Goat Trail receives $1000 from the New York Life Foundation

 

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MGTA Executive Director Patrick Dean receives $1000 award from Lynn Cimino-Hurt on behalf of the New York Life Foundation

SEWANEE TN, November 18, 2015 — The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance announced today that it has been awarded a New York Life Foundation’s Volunteers for Good – Individual Grant in the amount of $1000 to recognize the volunteer service of Lynn Cimino-Hurt. She has been a longtime supporter of the MGTA. This grant program encourages and supports the volunteer involvement of New York Life employees, agents and retirees with community-based nonprofit organizations.

“Lynn Cimino-Hurt has been instrumental in assisting our organization,” said Nate Wilson, board president of MGTA. “We are very grateful to the New York Life Foundation for this grant to support our work in the community.”

“I am pleased to be able to help the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance in its fundraising efforts,” said Lynn, a volunteer from New York Life’s Cimino Hurt Financial Group LLC office. “This organization is making a difference and I’m pleased that the company supports my volunteer service.”

New York Life develops and promotes volunteer opportunities for their agents, employees and retirees though Volunteers for Good so they may contribute their time and expertise to help meet community needs. Volunteers for Good grants recognize and encourage their ongoing involvement with nonprofit organizations.

About The New York Life Foundation
Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided $200 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees, agents, and retirees of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit www.newyorklifefoundation.org.

2nd Annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk April 4th

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The second annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance, will be held on April 4.

“Mountain Outfitters has been a supporter of the Mountain Goat Trail since the beginning. We’re excited about the new Monteagle-Sewanee section, and proud to sponsor this race for the second straight year, to raise money and awareness for the trail,” said David Burnett, owner of Mountain Outfitters.

The 5-mile run will begin at 10 am in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10:00 at Pearl’s Foggy Mountan Cafe. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle.

Registration is $15 for students; fee for all others is $25 for early registration and $30 the day of the race. Registration forms are available at Mountain Outfitters and online at mountaingoattrail.org.

Food and drink vendors will be available at the finish at Mountain Outfitters. Live music and drawings are planned for after the run & walk…

For more information, call Mountain Outfitters at 931-924-4100 or email outfitters@gmail.com or info@mountaingoattrail.org.

Construction photos from Monteagle-Sewanee segment

The three-mile segment of the Mountain Goat Trail from Dollar General in Monteagle to Airport Road in Sewanee is now under construction, with paving scheduled to start any day! Here are some of the photos we’ve taken of the construction process.

Governor Haslam awards $600K for Mountain Goat Trail in Tracy City

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Governor Bill Haslam presented the Mayor and City Council of Tracy City with a TDOT grant award of over $603,000 for construction of the Mountain Goat Trail.

Our board president, Janice Thomas, said, “The Mountain Goat Trail Alliance is honored to have been asked by the Town of Tracy City to collaborate on this grant proposal. Our thanks to Governor Haslam for coming here to recognize the value of the Trail to Tracy City, Grundy County, and the whole South Cumberland Plateau.”

The project will create s a 10’ wide asphalt trail beginning at Tracy City Elementary School and following the railbed into downtown Tracy City to Altamont Street (Highway 41/150). The project will turn north and follow Altamont Street across Laurel and Colyar Streets and end at Nathurst Street, from which point future projects will reconnect it to the railbed.  The project will also provide pedestrian and bicyclist enhancements to the historic downtown business district, including a multimodal path and trailhead parking.

“Enhancing transportation options and connections between areas in Grundy County will increase pedestrian and visitor traffic to businesses and recreation areas,” Governor Haslam said. “Tennessee’s downtowns are the heart of our communities, and improvements like these improve our cities’ and towns’ livability and the quality of life for residents.”

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).