JOHNS CREEK, Ga. — Community groups are looking to build a greenway along the Chattahoochee River, and organizers are hosting a public input meeting in Johns Creek on June 23.
Commissioned by the Atlanta Regional Commission, the Trust for Public Land, City of Atlanta and Cobb County, the study focuses on a 100-mile stretch of the river from Buford Dam to Chattahoochee Bend State Park.
The study will outline projects that would increase public access to the river, including bicycle and pedestrian use.
During the public forums, participants will have the opportunity to meet the study team and voice their priorities and concerns about the river corridor.
“We’re eager to talk to residents and learn about their vision for the river’s future,” said Byron Rushing, ARC’s bicycling and walking program manager. “The Chattahoochee River is one of our region’s natural treasures, but in many areas access remains limited. This study presents an enormous opportunity to change that. But our efforts won’t be successful without significant input from the public.”
The 18-month long study began in October and is being led by Scape, a New York-based landscape architecture and urban design studio.
“In Georgia, the Trust for Public Land’s work to preserve and activate the Chattahoochee River is a key priority,” said Walt Ray, director of Chattahoochee River program for the Trust for Public Land. “The Chattahoochee Riverlands Greenway Study presents the largest, most comprehensive effort to reimagine the role the Chattahoochee River plays in our region.”
The public input meeting is Sunday, June 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Chattahoochee River Environmental Education Center at 8615 Barnwell Road in Johns Creek. To register, visit https://bit.ly/2WEQRD9.
There will also be a meeting Saturday, June 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Library at Scott’s Crossing at 2489 Perry Blvd. NW in Atlanta.
For more information, visit ChattahoocheeRiverLands.com.