Volunteers from Domtar work on Anne Springs Close Greenway trails

From staff reportsNovember 18, 2013 

Volunteers from Domtar clean debris and trash from the Anne Springs Close Greenway.

SUBMITTED PHOTO — DOMTAR

— Nearly 50 volunteers from Domtar cleared brush and debris and constructed a new trail head along the “School Loop” at the Anne Springs Close Greenway that circles Fort Mill Middle School and features two tunnels and a spur to overlook Sugar Creek.

Domtar President and CEO John Williams worked with employees during the half-day community service event.

“We are thrilled to get outside and go to work on behalf of this amazing recreational facility,” Williams said. “It’s a great team-building opportunity for our employees and allows us to express one of Domtar’s core value, ‘caring,’ as we work to improve the places where we live and do business.”

A Fortune 500 company, Domtar employs 450 in its Fort Mill operations center not far from the greenway, which offers 40 miles of trails, kayaking and educational programs including summer camps. The land was set aside as a greenway for public use in 1995 by the family of Anne Springs Close, as a tribute to her commitment to preservation and recreation.

“We feel lucky to have a community-minded company such as Domtar give us their time and energy to help enhance access so more people can enjoy the greenway,” said Tim Patterson, president of the Anne Springs Close Greenway. “We rely on corporate and charitable partners to help us sustain the natural beauty and diverse programing that attracts more than 140,000 visitors here annually.”

The greenway is at 1604 Hwy. 21 Bypass, Fort Mill. For more information, go to ascgreenway.org.

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