City Parks and Recreation Manager Brent Walker said the project began in 2010 with one of the desired outcomes of cityhood being improved park infrastructure.
“In 2010, the city was notified that the Department of Natural Resources has a recreational trails program with a $100,000 grant to build recreational trails that any park agency can apply to,” Walker said. “We submitted an application for Phase I of the trail and at the time it was a pretty lengthy process with a lot of environmental oversight.”
Walker said part of all comprehensive planning was a multi-use trail system desired by the city.
“The idea came up in parks planning and the transportation plan so we knew we needed to start looking at not just park trails, but pedestrian by-ways through the city,” he said. “We realized the recreational trails program we applied for just for the trail in the park needed to be married with this broader idea of a trail system throughout city.”
The altered scope of work included widening the width of the trail, making it out of concrete to ensure longevity and easier maintenance, and multi-mode use.
Future plans include a longer trail system that will run from Brook Run Park to Chamblee-Dunwoody Road with eventual east-to-west connectivity throughout the city.
“Within this next year, we hope to connect the trail from this park to Pernoshal Park and will then connect from there to Georgetown Park, which was built last year,” Walker said.
A family-friendly fun run event was held over the weekend to celebrate the opening of Phase II of the trail, but city spokesman Bob Mullen said residents have already been making good use of the newly completed trail.
“During food truck Thursday events in the evening, we’ll have people on the trail, enjoying the food and music and spreading out blankets close by,” he said.
“I’ve seen people walking up and down every day with their dogs, too, so it’s great to see activity instead of having a dormant park space.”
For more information, visit www.dunwoodyga.gov/departments/Parks-and-Recreation.