Volunteers needed Saturday to help with Foster Lake Trail restoration

Anyone interested in more recreational opportunities in the Sweet Home area is invited to join two work parties that will be working to repair the Foster Lake Trail this month.

The work parties will be Saturday, Aug. 7 at 8 a.m., and on Wednesday, Aug. 25. Members of the East Linn County Cohort 3 from the Ford Institute for Community Building will host the work parties.

Cohort 3 consists of 25 people from across east Linn County, of all ages, who have been trained by the Ford Institute in leadership skills.

The cohort is working to improve the Foster Lake trail between Lewis Creek Park and the Gedney Creek boat ramp as its class project.

The walking trail, which at one time extended nearly around the lake, has suffered a lack of maintenance since much of the section along the north side of the lake was completed a decade ago.

The main project for the Aug. 7 work party is to remove ivy from the trail and surrounding slope.

Organizers also expect to do some minor work on some of the bridges along the pathway.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided at Lewis Creek Park. Because there is a fee to park at Lewis Creek, the cohort is inviting all participants to park at the south end of Foster Dam, where they will be shuttled to the park.

Participants should bring gloves. They are also invited to bring any wheelbarrows, loppers or shears, or pitch forks they might have.

For more information, call Andrea Culy at the Sweet Home Chamber of Commerce, (541) 367-6186.