CHEROKEE COUNTY, GA — The public input period for the Southwest Cherokee Parks and Trails Plan has begun, and Cherokee County would like to hear from residents and workers in the southwest Cherokee corridor.
New parks along with a series of multiuse trails are proposed in the vicinity of the Highway 92 corridor between Woodstock Road and the Cobb and Bartow County lines. As part of the planning phase, the county’s planning department and recreation and parks department are seeking feedback from residents in the area.
The first public input meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Sept. 16. It will be held virtually on a video conferencing platform. A Q&A will follow a brief presentation, and online activities will be available for two weeks after the meeting.
“This project is much needed and long overdue for SW Cherokee,” said District 4 Commissioner Corey Ragsdale. “We have listened to the public and are moving forward with planning out the future of Recreation and Parks in SW Cherokee.”
The public is invited to give their feedback related to what they would like to see in the way of parks and trails in the Southwest Cherokee area. The area, which is also part of the SW Cherokee Area Plan spearheaded by the Planning Department, encompasses about 6,000 acres, with geographic boundaries of the Bartow County line on the west side, Wade Green Road on the east, the Cobb County line to the south and near Kellogg Creek Road and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property on the north side.
“Community feedback is essential as we plan for new parks and trails in this area of the county,” said Bryan Reynolds, Community Services Director for Cherokee County. “We are interested in learning what people who live and work in the area would like to have for their recreational purposes. The Sept. 16 meeting is a great opportunity for you to tune in from the comfort of your own home, learn more about the project and share your thoughts.”
The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners engaged TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm, in July to develop a parks and trails area master plan for southwest Cherokee. TSW is facilitating the public input meetings that begin this fall to develop the overall plan. More public input meetings will be held over the next few months.
For more information about the project and how to sign up to participate in the meeting, visit cherokeega.com.