The public input period for the Southwest Cherokee Parks and Trails Plan has begun, and Cherokee County officials are asking to hear from residents and workers in the southwest corridor of the county.

New parks, along with a series of multi-use trails, are being proposed in the vicinity of the Ga. Highway 92 corridor between Woodstock Road and the Cobb and Bartow county lines. As part of the planning phase, the county’s planning department, along with the Cherokee Recreation and Parks Agency, are seeking feedback from residents in the area. The first public input meeting will be virtually held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16 on a video conferencing platform. A question and answer session will follow a brief presentation, with online activities related to the plan available for two weeks after the meeting.

“This project is much needed and long overdue for Southwest Cherokee,” District 4 Commissioner Corey Ragsdale said. “We have listened to the public and are moving forward with planning out the future of recreation and parks in Southwest Cherokee.”

The public is invited to give their feedback related to what they would like to see in the way of parks and trails in the southwest portion of the county. The area, which is also part of the Southwest Cherokee Area Plan spearheaded by the planning department, encompasses approximately 6,000 acres and is defined as the area between the Bartow County line on the west, Wade Green Road on the east, the Cobb County line on the south and the area around Kellogg Creek Road and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property on the north.

“Community feedback is essential as we plan for new parks and trails in this area of the county,” Community Services Agency Director Bryan Reynolds said. “We are interested in learning what people who live and work in the area would like to have for their recreational purposes. The Sept. 16 meeting is a great opportunity for you to tune in from the comfort of your own home, learn more about the project and share your thoughts.”

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners hired TSW, an Atlanta-based planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm, in July to develop a parks and trails area master plan for the southwest part of the county. TSW will be facilitating the public input meeting to develop the overall plan.

For those who may be unable to attend the Sept. 16 meeting, more public input meetings will be held over the next few months. For more information about the project and how to sign up to participate in the meeting, visit www.cherokeega.com.

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