(Photo | Courtesy COAR)
The Central Oregon Association of Realtors (COAR) recently received a $5,000 grant from the National Association of Realtors to improve access to the Madras East Hills Trails System for walkers, runners, horse riders and bicyclists. COAR is also contributing $500 toward the project, and Madras realtors recently volunteered time to install signs and build and refine trail features such as berms. The project is led by the Central Oregon Trail Alliance (COTA).
“The COTA Madras Chapter is proud to be working with COAR on the Madras East Hills Trails Project, where we’re bringing mountain biking, horseback riding and running trails to our community,” said Brennan Morrow, Madras chapter representative for COTA. “Our local realtors have shown a deep support for this project by coming out and working on the trail. In Madras, our realtors aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.”
Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state realtor associations to help create new public spaces and destinations in a community. Realtor associations and their members are actively engaged in the community and know the projects that would benefit most from these funds.
“It is exciting to be a part of this important project to make Madras a better place to live,” said Cathy Stewart, principal broker with Cathy Stewart Realty in Madras. “We had a great turnout of realtors, and I was happy to work and help make the trail better.”