Greg Stevens began cleaning the trails at Indian Meadows this winter simply because he wanted to be able to make use of them during the long, cold months. He didn't know at the time it would bring him so much joy. The Town of Glenville rewarded him for his efforts just a few weeks ago.
It is an example of paying forward that Stevens said is the essence of the joy volunteering can bring.
"For me, the most rewarding thing about volunteering my resources and labor at the park is obviously to see people enjoying the venue. More specifically, to see so many more people enjoying the trails more frequently than they have in the past," said Stevens. " I think that a place like Indian Meadows is instrumental in fostering an environment for an active lifestyle and in helping to build peoples' sense of community."
Parks and Humans Services Director James McFarland said that Stevens took up the project of maintaining the trails in Indian Meadows completely on his own, putting in a number of hours on a weekly basis. McFarland said it opened up a new whole aspect to the park and brought in many people to trails that had been underutilized for years.
Stevens, a Glenville resident who attended Glen Worden Elementary school and graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School, moved back to the area after college and now lives near Indian Meadows with his fiancEe, Lindsey.
His passion for cross-country skiing comes naturally, with his younger brothers both being avid skiers and his mom being the coach of the Nordic ski team at Scotia Glenville High School.
He said around Christmas time last year he decided to approach MacFarland about volunteering to groom the trails at Indian Meadows for use by skiers and snowshoers during the winter months.