Monday, December 17, 2012

Is Dunwoody in Need of Cement Trail?

Is Dunwoody in need of the nearly $1 million impervious concrete trail that is about to be constructed through Brooke Run Park?  I really don't know.  Danny Ross, the former city councilman, was among those who initially voted to approve a $30,000 expenditure by the city for a "walking trail."  It has since morphed into an entirely different project.
Danny asked me to blog the article that he wrote in the Dunwoody Reporter.  It is certainly worth the read!

To the editor:

In just a few days, bulldozers and chain saws are scheduled to arrive at Brook Run Park, one of the last urban forests in our community, to construct the equivalent of one lane of I-285, where speeds of 70 mph are allowed, and in some areas cut down enough trees (a 50-foot-wide swath) to build four lanes on I-285. Over 330 trees will be cut to make way for this so called multi-use trail. It does not make sense!
Two years ago, the city completed a master plan with significant community input. During the development of the plan, the consulting firm conducted a survey and found that the number one desire of the citizens was to have “walking trails” through the park.

The City Council, of which I was one of the members, authorized the director of parks and recreation to seek out grant funds to construct this trail.
Before becoming a park, Brook Run had previously been home to the Georgia Retardation Center. Many years ago, six-foot trails were built to provide walking paths for the residents. Over the years, these trails deteriorated. In 2011, the city received a $100,000 grant to construct an eight-foot wide trail in the location of the original trails. This made sense. Without cutting any of the urban forest the entire trail (1.3 miles) could be completed and the city would only have to pay $30,000.
Click Dunwoody Reporter to read full opinion piece.


SDOC Publishing Internet Solutions said...

I'll ask the question no one has asked yet:

If we're going to pour that much money into a "cement trail", why is it being used to create new pathways through Brook Run when there are deteriorating sidewalks already able to connect Brook Run with surrounding communities, all the way down to Georgetown and the other developments around 285 that have not been prioritized for repair or upgrade?

Or does that make too much sense?

Joe Seconder said...

Checkout the Sidewalk Improvement Plan on the Public Works Website, & look at the 2012 Sidewalk Map. As we speak, a new sidewalk is being built along the entire length of Barclay, adjacent to Brook Run. Plans are to connect that sidewalk into the planned trails inside the park, too.