Trail opens in Thompson Station
By Carole Robinson, Staff Writer
Standing at the northern trailhead of a 3.5-mile trail connecting Thompson’s Station Park to Heritage Park, state, county and city of Thompson’s Station officials joined members of the community to celebrate the completion of Alexander Trail.
Three and half years ago a determined Rebecca Wynd proposed the idea of a trail system to Thompson’s Station city officials. Although the Alexander Trail is not where Wynd dreamed it would be, she said, “It’s the perfect location.”
When Thompson’s Station incorporated in 1991, a number of commitments were made, Mayor Corey Napier told the gathering. Those commitments included maintaining the quality of life that identifies the community, being good stewards of the small southern Williamson County town and working together to make Thompson’s Station a better place for residents 100 or more years from now.
“Today, this is what’s this town is all about,” Napier said. “It’s about how we work together to leave a legacy.”
The creation of the trail was made possible through a private/public partnership that is becoming a common thread throughout Williamson County. Along with in-kind donations of time and talent from numerous local businesses, the town of Thompson’s Station provided $15,000 out of the general fund, the Middle Tennessee Electric Customer Cares program donated $10,000 and residents Barry and Jackie Alexander donated $15,000 to complete the project.
“This community has been a big part of our lives and we are honored to be able to give back,” said Barry who also announced the trailhead name – Stephen’s Way – for their son Stephen, who died during a severe asthma attack on May 19.
“We did this to honor him and to know it will make my wife happy,” Barry said.
According to Thompson’s Station City Manager, Greg Langeliers, this trail is stage one of a bigger dream – a trail connecting the northern part of the county with the southern part.
“I see a trail that connects the north and south corridor of the county,” he said. “I see a trail, in the long run, being 20 miles from county line to county line. A vision of cities and the county working together to make it happen – forging partnerships with other municipalities in the county.”
For now, the short-term vision is to join the newly dedicated Alexander Trail to shorter trails already built in Tollgate Village and “Tarpon Park.”
“The road goes on forever and the party never stops,” Langeliers quoted the Robert Earl Keen song.
As part of the town-county partnership, eventually maintenance of Alexander Trail will be turned over to the county Parks and Recreation Department. Doug Hood, Parks and Recreation director, said he is happy to accept the charge.
Posted on: 8/25/2011