FRÉDÉRIC, MD (WDVM) – The Thurmont Regional Library is delighted to introduce the community to the Library Loop Nature Trail, a hidden gem that connects the library to the Thurmont Trolley Trail. Thanks to the hard work of the students of Frederick County Public Schools SUCCESS, as well as many community partners, the library will be celebrating the grand opening of the trail on Saturday, November 20, 2021.
The idea for the library trail started during Green Fest 2018 when staff member Becky Clapp and the former library branch administrator suggested connecting the library to other trails in the community. After initial conversations with the Green Team from Thurmont and Jim Robbins from the Catoctin Forest Alliance, it was decided that this was the perfect opportunity to work with the students of SUCCESS to create a trail built by and for people with disabilities. .
The SUCCESS program was designed to empower students with disabilities who have completed high school, but who would benefit from an additional professional program that strengthens and supports their continued development.
“These students learned a lot by working on this trail during the pre-COVID school year,” said Jim Robbins, president of the Catoctin Forest Alliance..
“They were responsible for landscaping and clearing the path and planting the pollinator gardens after the work was completed. They have a real sense of accomplishment in creating something that would benefit everyone in the community, ”said Robbins.
The participating students are: David Andrew, Dakota Lovejoy, William Vale, Garret Tyeryar and Josh Shifflett. These students were supervised and supported by their job coach, Jodi Haines-Cool throughout the project.
“We are thrilled with the addition of the Nature Trail to our library,” said Amy Whitney, Branch Administrator of the Thurmont Regional Library. “It has helped our guests experience the beauty they have enjoyed from our patio for years and now to the city’s larger trail system. ”