Good things are in store for Johns Creek residents in maintaining a healthy lifestyle as the city moves ahead with plans to add signage and more amenities to its trails and greenway.
Johns Creek received $700,000 of Transportation Enhancement funding for the project from the Georgia Department of Transportation in 2008. The city’s matching dollars for the project will be $75,000 and the entire project will cost $775,000. The engineering and construction phases of the project were budgeted in FY09, FY10 and FY11. No additional funding will be needed. The project is slated to begin in spring 2012.
Subcontractor Stantec and staff members from Johns Creek met with the City Council in March 2011 to gather feedback on materials and received approval to continue with the final design of the project.
That final design includes benches and corner treatments along the greenway and State Bridge Road trail, as well as a corner treatment at the southeast corner of Bell Road and McGinnis Ferry Road.
Wall treatments and landscaping are slated to be constructed along the greenway, with two shelters at the State Bridge Road trail and improvements at Old Medlock Bridge Road and Medlock Bridge Road.
The corner treatments and bench projects will consist of stacked stone seat walls, brick pathways, black metal trash receptacles and landscaping to create seating areas for the public. The project will, undoubtedly, enhance the whole outdoor experience for residents and visitors alike.
At the Aug. 29 City Council meeting, the council motioned to approve the agreement between GDOT and the city of Johns Creek for the trail amenities project. The city is also evaluating methods to connect all current and future parks and develop a continuous greenbelt network throughout the City of Johns Creek.
Greenways and trail systems have become an important aspect of promoting a healthy lifestyle. On any given day, particularly on weekends, you can see many residents using the greenway and trails for bicycling, walking and jogging.
The leaders of Johns Creek have made a commitment to promoting healthy living and it shows in the depth and scope of the project. If the trails are inviting, more people will use them. Nothing beats being out in the great outdoors and being at peace with nature.