A chance conversation and the discovery of similar interests led to a new foundation to support a countywide integrated trail system and other recreational endeavors. The Greater Aiken Integrated Trails Foundation (GAIT Foundation), established last year, supports the work of three entities - Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT), the Aiken Land Conservancy (ALC), and the Aiken Chamber's Equine Support Council.
The groundbreaking ceremony for the Langley Pond Loop project was held on Tuesday, which was attended by local dignitaries, government officials, representatives of the organizations involved and an equine member of the community. Snowy the horse stood behind those with the shovels as they lifted the first bit of dirt that will make up the 1.8-mile natural surface trail. The loop will serve the interests of the equine community as well as those who enjoy hiking, jogging or walking.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony last November, the Greater Aiken Integrated Trails Foundation celebrated the completion of its first major project. The event marked the official opening of the 2.8-mile Langley Pond Loop Trail at Langley Pond Park in Burnettown. Now the Integrated Trails Foundation is gearing up to take on another task. It will team up with the Aiken County Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department and SORBA-CSRA, which is an off-road biking group, to enhance the existing biking trail system at Boyd Pond Park.