Left to Right: Gary Westmoreland (Douglas County DOT); Steve Nygren (President, Serenbe Development); Executive Director Ross King (ACCG); Terry DeMeo King (former director, Chattahoochee Hill Country Alliance); Ruby (canine television personality,, Duck Dynasty); Scott Marchman (Southeastern Site Development, Trail Contractor), DOT Director Randy Hulsey (Douglas County); Heather Hughes (RS&H Engineering, Trail Design), Jeff VanDyke (RS&H Engineering, Trail Design); District 2 Commissioner Kelley Robinson (Douglas County); Steven Kopelman (Chairman, Chattahoochee Hills Conservancy); Sarah Boulineau (representing George Boulineau, Douglas County Bike/Pedestrian Committee); Chairman Tom Worthan (Douglas County); District 3 Commissioner Mike Mulcare (Douglas County); County Administrator Eric Linton (Douglas County); Parks and Recreation Director Gary Dukes (Douglas County); and Jerry Watkins (Douglas County DOT)
Beautiful weather and unanimous accolades welcomed the opening of the Chattahoochee Hill Country Regional Greenway Trail’s pilot segment on Friday morning, May 10th, in the Boundary Waters Park.
Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan welcomed guests at the Trail Head located behind the Boundary Waters Aquatic Center, and then led them for the first ¼ mile to the trail gazebo where a short program was held. Speakers included Steve Nygren, founder of Serenbe and who envisioned the first concept for the regional trail; Ross King, Executive Director of Advancing Georgia’s Counties (ACCG) who obtained the pilot segment Congressional funding; and Douglas County District 3 Commissioner Mike Mulcare who championed the program from its inception.
The attendees walked the ¾-mile trail (and back) that is 100 percent accessible, and many walkers had dogs, strollers, and canes. The pilot segment extends from the Aquatic Center to the park’s athletic fields. The pilot segment was funded by a $500,000 Congressional earmark with additional monies and land provision by the Douglas County Board of Commissioners.
The pilot segment is the beginning of the eventual 98-mile project that will extend through Douglas, Carroll, Coweta and Fulton Counties, as well as the City of Chattahoochee Hills. The purpose of the trail is to encourage the Public to get out of their cars, away from computers and smart phones, and again breathe the air and become healthier people. The trail is open to the Public with free admission at any time the Boundary Waters Park is open.