Secret trail helper, who are you?

FLINT TWP. — As chairman of the township Parks and Recreation Committee, Jim McClung was “embarrassed” by what he found on a recent clean-up day for the Genesee Valley recreational trail. But in a good way.

McClung and other parks and rec members were joined by a volunteer crew of about 20 students from Atlantis Alternative High School, who have helped in the past with trail clean-ups. This time around there was not nearly as much for them to do.

“I was kind of embarrassed by the lack of trash,’’ McClung said with a chuckle. “We only got about 12 bags of trash; last year we had about 25. The trail stays remarkable clean. I think we have a guardian angel.”

McClung said he spends a lot of time biking along the trail and sees litter when he goes by but when he goes back the next day it’s gone. He’s sure the guardian angel is regularly performing this task and he would like to know who it is.

“I am hoping this person will come forward to receive thanks on behalf of the parks and recreation committee,’’ McClung said. “Somebody out there is doing it and I am glad to see it.”

The 2.69-mile non-motorized trail, which is officially open from April 1 to December 1 each year, is nearing the end of its second full season of operation. It was completed in the fall of 2011 and paid for with a $950,000 Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) federal grant. The township raised an additional $42,000 in donations to pay engineering fees.

The trail head is on Linden Road near the bus shelter in front of Genesee Valley Center mall and runs northeasterly to Corunna Road just west of Ballenger.

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