The Clear Creek Kayak Launch will move to completion thanks to a recent $3,000 grant from the Tellico Community Foundation, an affiliate fund of East Tennessee Foundation.
The TCF grant augments the contributions made by the Timeless Tellico Foundation, Tellico Reservoir Development Agency and numerous Village kayakers and area residents who have supported the project.
Village resident and avid kayaker Tom Schemberger conceived the project with Simon Bradbury, Tellico Village Property Owner Association recreation director. Both were instrumental in enlisting TTF, TRDA and the Tennessee Valley Authority. Loudon County and the Tennessee RiverLine were also involved.
“This project fits perfectly under TCF’s community enrichment focus area and the proposed launch will benefit Tellico Villagers plus the residents of Loudon and Monroe counties,” Joe Beyel, TCF chairman, said in a release.
The project’s budget was $16,500. Schemberger and the Soggy Bottoms Kayak Club raised $6,000 from kayakers and the community. TTF will contribute $5,000 and TRDA designated $2,500. The TCF grant ensures the launch will be completed.
A significant portion of the funding from TTF came from donations made in memory of past Soggy Bottoms President Dave Noble.
“Dave was an enthusiastic supporter of TTF and loved kayaking,” Walt Cook, TTF president, said. “We are thrilled to direct these funds to this worthwhile endeavor in his honor.”
Much of the developmental work for the launch is already completed at the site by the Kahite Chain Gang, the Village’s volunteer trail building crew. Brian Hall, TRDA executive director, is working with TVA to obtain the final required permitting, which should be issued in the coming weeks.
“The TCF is proud to be part of this diverse group that came together to make this launch possible,” Beyel said. “TCF is looking for a variety of opportunities that will benefit the Village and our home counties of Loudon and Monroe.”