Plans to build a hiking and walking trail that will connect Daltons Crown Mill Village area to Haig Mill Lake got a big boost Thursday. McKee Foods, the maker of Little Debbie snacks, presented a check for $20,000 to city officials for the project.
The check was the first grant presented by the companys Outdoor Happiness program, which will fund one project in each of the nations 50 states to promote outdoor activities.
Our goal is to encourage physical activity and to help communities encourage people to get out and enjoy the outdoors, said Connie Vaughan, manager of government relations at McKee.
Vaughan, Dalton City Administrator Ty Ross and Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce President Rob Bradham had gotten to know each other through their mutual involvement in Thrive 2055, which brings together government officials and business leaders from 16 counties in and around Chattanooga to better plan for the regions future.
Connie contacted me and asked if there might be a project in Dalton that would fit (Outdoor Happiness), so I contacted Ty, Bradham said.
The Mill Creek River Walk, as city officials are calling it, would start near the Chattanooga Avenue pocket park and run along the side of Mill Creek north ...