Volunteers aid in maintaining Reedley Parkway

The volunteers come from a variety of local clubs and institutions, help by clearing weeds and picking up debris to keep the Reedley Parkway clean

(Rigo Moran)
Eddie Jimenez
Published June 19, 2024  • 
9:30 am

REEDLEY – The Reedley Parkway, enjoyed each day by hundreds of walkers, joggers and riders, is maintained with the help of many volunteers from service clubs, businesses, schools, churches and other community groups.

The volunteers adopt sections and regularly clear weeds and pick up debris along the trail that runs from Reedley College to the Sports Park. The clubs and organizations complement the work of city staff in maintaining the parkway.

The names of the groups are displayed on a recently updated sign atop a shed on the parkway just north of 10th Street. A mural on the shed depicts the town’s agriculture, city life and the famed water towers.

The volunteer groups are Aktion Club Reedley Adventures; Boy Scout Troop 282 & Cub Scout Pack 28; Central Valley Teen Challenge; First Mennonite Church, Reedley; Kings Canyon Unified School District; Paseo 55 Fresno County Housing Authority; Reedley Explorers Post 836; Reedley Leos Club; Reedley Lions Club; Reedley Social Services, Inc.; T.L. Reed Go Club; Tummy Yummies by Cheyenne & Sons; and Washington Expanded Learning Program.

Planning for the Reedley Parkway that began in 1997 included community groups assisting in the upkeep of the trail.

“The intention has always been to have volunteer groups adopt sections of the trail to support the general cleanup,” said Sarah Reid, Reedley community services director.

Currently the parkway is 3.25 miles of trail with a half-mile addition through the Sports Park slated as the next project. In March, the Reedley City Council adopted the Reedley Moves Active Transportation and Parkway Master Plan that identifies an additional 10.7 miles of future parkway development around the perimeter of the city. 

“It’s important the Adopt a Trail program stays strong as there is much more trail space to come in the future,” Reid said.

Clubs, service clubs, businesses, schools and churches interested in adopting a parkway section can contact Reid at 559-637-4203, ext. 234, or sarah.reid@reedley.ca.gov.

Eddie Jimenez
Mid Valley Times | Contributor