October 24, 2017 – City Officials, together with Greenprints Alliance, announced plans for a new park in Woodstock on Monday evening. The yet unnamed park will be located off Trickum Road on the east side of the City, where limited park and recreation opportunities exist.
The City has acquired a total of 40.7 acres east of Trickum road, and local nonprofit Greenprints Alliance recently acquired 36.32 acres on the north side of Little River. At the regular meeting of Mayor and City Council on Monday, October 23, 2017, City Council officially approved the purchase of an additional 24.42 acres. When fully assembled, the land will total just over one hundred acres and will provide local residents with passive recreation opportunities. While final amenities are open to stakeholder input and discussion, the Greenprints Plan, approved by the City in 2008, contemplates multi-use trail on a portion of this site.
The benefits provided by this new park include:
- Open space preservation
- Protection of Little River and the Etowah River Basin
- Additional trails with a possible canoe launch site
- Passive recreation opportunities
“We are excited to preserve this land from future development and make it a park on the east side of our City” says Mayor Donnie Henriques.
Colin Ake, Chair of the Greenprints Board of Directors says “Greenprints Alliance is dedicated to getting people outdoors by bringing a vibrant trail system to life. We are excited to see our acreage as a part of a larger park and are eager to work with the City of Woodstock to plan and implement the park.”
“The topography of the property is suitable for a passive park with amenities including trails, pavilions, and playgrounds,” says Woodstock’s Parks and Recreation Director Preston Pooser. “We are eager to hear from local residents and other stakeholders at our upcoming public input meeting.” The City of Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department will host a Public Input session, scheduled for Monday, December 4 at 6:00p.m., at the Chambers at City Center, 8534 Main Street, where the public is invited to attend and express their ideas on the park.
About Greenprints Alliance: Greenprints Alliance is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on inspiring people to get outdoors by creating a trail system that promotes wellness and connects community through outdoor activities and living. They are focused on expanding and supporting the trail system throughout and connecting to Cherokee County. https://greenprintsalliance.org