A new park along Little River in Woodstock is closer to becoming a reality.
The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a master plan for the proposed Little River Park Monday.
Plans for the park include a pond with fishing, canoeing and kayaking, a treehouse trail, boardwalk, a dog park and more.
The park will be over 100 acres off Trickum Road near Barnes Road, and Little River runs through the property. There is not yet a timeline for when the park will open, according to city officials.
Liz Cole with the Earth Elements development firm, which worked with the city to put together the plan, said a lot of work had gone into it, including public input meetings with area residents.
There are three zones included in the master plan, Cole explained. The first area, the Trickum Road Park Zone, measures 35 acres and includes amenities like a treehouse trail, a playground and transforming a pond already on site into a place where visitors could fish or canoe, kayak and paddleboard.
A bridge across Little River would link the Trickum Road Park Zone to the Linear Corridor Zone, roughly 36.5 acres. The Linear Corridor Zone would have the fewest number of amenities, primarily featuring a walking trail and a boardwalk through a wetlands area.
Visitors crossing a second bridge across Little River would then be able to access the third zone of the park, the Woodlands Park Zone. This 34.5-acre zone already has a developed park space on it, including a pair of open fields. The fields would remain in place once Little River Park is developed, with other amenities in the zone including dog park areas and a disc golf course, Cole said.
According to the presentation, the overall probable construction costs for the park were estimated to be around $19.5 million. Broken down, the probable construction costs for the Trickum Road Park Zone are estimated to be $7.9 million, while the Linear Corridor Zone probable construction costs came in at $6.6 million and probable construction costs for the Woodlands Park Zone were calculated to be just shy of $5 million.
Mayor Donnie Henriques asked at Monday’s city council meeting if the water in the pond in the Trickum Road zone would be safe enough for water activities to be held there. Cole said the water had been tested and was shown to be safe, although another test would be conducted before the park was officially opened to the public.
“I’m excited about this,” Councilman Colin Ake said.
Ake also asked Cole if there had been conversations with the Woodlands Homeowners Association, representing a neighborhood adjacent to the proposed park, during the development process. Cole responded the homeowners association had been heavily involved in the process. The HOA had been incredibly supportive of the new park, although Cole said its main concern was the traffic this park could generate.
Lastly, Ake asked Cole how many parking spaces were planned for the park. The plan currently calls for 45 spaces on the Trickum Road side of the park. There are already some parking spaces on the Woodlands side of the park, but the plan calls for an expansion of the parking at this zone, going up to around 110 spaces, Cole said.
Councilman David Potts asked if the site was big enough for 5K races to be held in the park. If a boardwalk was added between the Woodlands side of the park and the Trickum Road area along the south side of Little River, the park’s loop would be just shy of being able to effectively host a 5K race, Cole said.