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Trotter's Trail at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC
Trotter's Trail and the Picnic Shelters at Veterans Park
Trotter's Trail at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC is a beautiful 1400 foot long walking trail that winds through the woods adjacent to Barrett's Place Playground. This asphalt trail is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair and includes a beautiful bridge and entrance as well as benches in various locations. Landscaping will continue with plans to include many dogwood trees.
Trotter's Trail became a project of the Friends of the Park organization in 2006 and is certainly an asset to the park and to the Town of Pendleton. Trotter's Trail was made possible through the efforts of many volunteers and donors who worked very hard to make this trail become a reality.
The Trail was dedicated on November 14, 2009 in memory of Justin Trotter. Justin's love of nature inspired friends and family to honor his memory with this trail. Justin was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 while a student at Riverside Middle School in Pendleton South Carolina. In September 2004 Justin lost his battle with the disease at the young age of 15.
Photo by Nancy Hellams, Past President of Friends of the Park - Dedication of Trotter's Trail at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC
Shadow of the Entrance to Trotter's Trail - A Definite Photo-Op
Fun With Nature - Make your walk an education
Kids and Adults will enjoy taking this book along as they walk around Trotter's Trail. There is so much to learn about mother nature and what is along the way of the trail.
Trotter's Trail is enjoyed by families and by individuals. Please help us keep it beautiful by picking up litter as you enjoy your walk. Thank you.
Make your stroll around Trotter's Trail a special memory for your child and one that he or she will learn from.
Where Is Veterans Park in Pendleton SC? - Veterans Park is owned by the Town of Pendleton SC
Please visit the Town of Pendleton Website
Virtual Tour of Trotter's Trail - in two parts
Although Golf carts are not allowed on Trotter's Trail, we made an exception in order to film this video. Ed Kirkley drove me around our beautiful Trotter's Trail in his golf cart while I filmed. It was a fun time. Thank you, Ed.
Over the years, volunteers have been planting Azaleas that were donated so it is really a beautiful sight especially in the Spring when they are blooming. As they continue to grow, they will be even more beautiful. Would you like to help keep them that way? If so, please call Davie Kirkley at 646-6291 to volunteer to keep them watered for a month.
Dedication Of Trotter's Trail - Nov 14, 2009
Parents and Sister of Justin Trotter - The Trail was dedication to the memory of Justin Trotter on Nov 14, 2009
Volunteers who worked hard to make this trail a reality were very proud when the day finally arrived that it could be dedicated in memory of Justin Trotter.
Photo Gallery Of Trotter's Trail Dedication - Enjoy these photos of this very special dayClick thumbnail to view full-size
Program for the Dedication Of Trotter's Trail
November 14, 2009
Trotter's Trail Dedication
Reverend Richard Gibson
Words of Appreciation
Parents of Justin Trotter
Renee Gibson Trotter
This Is My Father's World
(Words on the back of this program)
Jean and Don Brewer
Debra Padgett, Trotter's Trail Committee Chair
Everyone is invited to join Friends of the Park
for a Soup Lunch following the ceremony.
Thank You, Trotter's Trail Volunteers
Debra Padgett and Ed Kirkley headed up the Trotter's Trail Committee for Friends of the Park and worked very closely with the Town of Pendleton, the volunteers, the Trotter Family and the many donors.
Thank you Volunteers! - Maintaining the trail is a never ending job and these volunteers work hardClick thumbnail to view full-size
Volunteers and Donors Made Trotter's Trail a Reality! - Debra Padgett had a vision of what she wanted it to look like
Special Thanks to the following who volunteered or donated services for Trotter's Trail:
T.M. Padgett Construction, Fowler Corp., M&R Metal Fabrication, IndCom Services Inc., Griff's Feed & Seed, Frank Reeves, Freddie Head, Stephen Kelly, Frankie Mullikin, Matthew Kelly, Russell Love, Dave Wilson, Ed Kirkley, Bill Parker, Tom Vegod, Willis Kelly, Pete McConnell, Lazlo Solomosi, Bud Whelchel, Debra, Thomas,& Timothy Padgett, Renee Gibson Trotter, Jessica Trotter, Todd & Renee F. Trotter, Bill, Kim & Parker Beck, Nate Lester, Curtis Carter, Richard Quattlebaum, Cody McAlister, Ryan Kelly, Zach Ledford, Cass Brown, Henry Martin, and Bob Landers.
Thank you to all the groups and individuals who volunteered the scheduled Work Days and Fundraisers, Pendleton Pride In Motion, and The Town of Pendleton.
Friends of the Park schedules two work days a year with one being in the Spring and one in the Fall to maintain Trotter's Trail and Barrett's Place Playground. Be sure to watch for upcoming maintenance days on this website. Thank you.
Picnic Shelters at Veterans Park
in Pendleton SC
Three Picnic Shelters were built by our wonderful volunteers and can be rented for birthday parties, family gatherings, etc.
Rent: $35/3 hr.
Call Town Hall 646-9409
Reserve A Picnic Shelter at Veterans Park in Pendleton SC - Beautiful setting along Trotter's Trail
Be sure to request a key for the restrooms. A deposit fee is required but it is worth it in the event that your guests need to use the facilities.
Shelter Number 3 Named in honor of Ed and Davie Kirkley - Ed and Davie have done a tremendous amount of volunteer work for Veterans Park
Shelter Number 3 is the one you see as you go through the entrance to Trotter's Trail.
Ed and Davie Kirkley moved to Pendleton to retire but they have been busy the whole time. They spend numerous hours at the park working at Barrett's Place Playground and Trotter's Trail. Ed was the Project Manager for the building of Barrett's Place and that was a major job which he did wonderfully. He continues to oversee the assignments for keeping the playground maintained and safe for our children. Davie works tirelessly making everything prettier with her green thumb. Pendleton is sure fortunate to have these great volunteers!
Kern Cox at Trotter's Trail for Spring 2012 Clean Up - Come join us for the next clean up day at Trotter's Trail
Trotter's Trail gets re-sealed at the Spring Work Day on May 4, 2013 - This is back breaking work but volunteers never complain
We would love to have you join our Friends of the Park in Pendleton SC - Together WE CAN Make A Difference!
Please let someone from Friends of the Park or the town know if you see something that needs attention at Trotter's Trail. Thank you.