Hundreds of people were on hand June 14 to celebrate the completion of the more than 30 miles of the Arabia Mountain Path trail in Conyers.
Rockdale County Parks and Recreation hosted the “Try the Trails” day on June 14 in Conyers.
The celebration, spearheaded by the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area, included a day filled with activities which included bike rides, a scavenger hunt, giveaways, fire truck displays, arts and crafts and informational booths.
“This is a wonderful time of year to explore the trail. Even if you have been here before, there are new sections just completed and discovery awaits around every twist and turn,” said Mera Cardenas, executive director of the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance.
The celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony marked the culmination of a 12-year project linking the trail in the city of Lithonia in DeKalb County with the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Rockdale County.
“It was great collaborating with Rockdale County and their recreation department to make the inaugural event a success. The trail is proving to be a great blessing for Rockdale County and the surrounding area,” said Callistus Crichlow, a spokesperson for the monastery. “It is a good feeling to see so many folks using the trail as cyclists, runners, walkers, all with smiling faces and gestures of greetings one another.”
Several officials attended the event including Rockdale County CEO Richard Oden; Board of Commissioner Janice Van Ness; Sheriff Eric Levett; U.S. Congressman Hank Johnson; Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May; Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson and other community leaders.
“This event was wonderful. It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves,” said Jackie Lunsford, Director of Rockdale’s Recreation and Maintenance Department. “The goal was to invite people to see the area and visit places they have never been before. We accomplished that with our scavenger hunt and other activities.”