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Deep River Rail Trail
Submitted by Anonymous on July 7, 2009
(Franklinville - Randolph County) Perry Conner, Franklinville's Town Commissioner has supervised with assistance of property owner Harvey Harmon the building of a 12 car parking lot, access trail past the town's waste water treatment plant and the placing of geotextile and granite screening over the railbed for the creation of a .78 mile section of the DRRT on Harmon's property next to the river. Putting up gates, signs, information kiosk are yet to be complete. An early September opening to the public is expected. Marlys de Alba, Landscape Architect Professor at Wake Community College visited the Randolph Industries site for a second look (on 6/29) at the design challenge of getting the trail safely through the industrial site, and to begin to build a Base Map. Marlys has offered to do it as a summer project. The two grant requests for funding were denied. Z.Smith Reynolds because it had brick and mortar in the second phase, Adopt-A-Trail because it did not put trail on the ground. It is hoped Marlys' proposed design can be marketed to other funders.
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