The Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission (ORGC) is a chartered citizen committee that advises the Athens-Clarke County Mayor & Commission on matters related to the Oconee Rivers Greenway system. The general responsibility of ORGC is to develop a plan for a river-oriented greenway system in Athens-Clarke County and to recommend measures to protect the resources of the Oconee Rivers and their tributaries.
Membership includes up to ten members appointed by the Mayor and Commission and five members appointed by the President of the University of Georgia. ORGC was established by county ordinance in 1992, formalizing a grass-roots movement that began in the early 1970s that established the North Oconee River Greenway and Heritage Trail. The ORGC has an advisory role in greenway network planning and implementation. ORGC can generate support for the Greenway which serves as a resource for conservation, education, transportation and recreation for the residents of Clarke County.
Commission meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month at 3 PM. The calendar will include specific times, locations, and media links as they are available. The public is invited to attend and participate.
Current Greenway Commissioners
Ross Hinkle - Chair
Charles Barrow - Vice Chair / Treasurer
Karen Porter - Sustainability Committee Chair
Susie Haggard - Planning Committee Chair
Dale Van Cantfort - Communications & Outreach Committee Chair
Nat Kuykendall - Former Chair
Diane Windham - Secretary
Athens-Clarke County Appointees:
Dr. Ross Hinkle
Dale Van Cantfort
University of Georgia Appointees:
Bryan Varin (Appointed 8/3/2021)
ACC Leisure Services - Alex Bond (Staff Liaison)
ACC Sustainability Office - Mike Wharton
ACC Planning Department - Samantha Eberhard
ACC Transportation & Public Works - Daniel Sizemore