In mulituse trail news, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved, on June 15, the addition of a series of multiuse trails to the design of Etowah River Park in Canton. The proposed trail will start at the new park, connect to Heritage Park on Waleska Street near its intersection with Riverstone Parkway, and continue to Boling Park on Marietta Highway next to Cherokee High School. Boling Park is already home to five miles of trails maintained by local Boy Scouts. The trails are scheduled to open in conjunction with the new Etowah River Park in the late summer or fall of 2011. Check out this article in the Cherokee Tribune for more info.
Further south in Atlanta, the trail component of the Beltline has just received a major boost. Specifically, two recent private donations totaling $5 million bring the construction of “East Side” segment of the Beltline Trail closer to fruition. The first donation came from Jim and Sarah Kennedy. The second donation came from Kaiser-Permanente. On Saturday, June 19, there was a celebration to announce both gifts and the latest development plans for the Beltline — a 22-mile corridor that will lasso intown Atlanta. Read more here at the Saporta Report.