Sandy Springs plans trail to Chattahoochee

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Sandy Springs is working with the National Park Service on a trail leading north from the city’s Crooked Creek Park, at Spalding and River Exchange drives, to Park Service land along the Chattahoochee River. GOOGLE MAPS

The Sandy Springs City Council has given staff the go-ahead to seek a $200,000 state grant to help fund a trail connecting a small city park to a larger, National Park Service parcel along the Chattahoochee River.

The money will be sought from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Grant Program. Matched by $50,000 from the city, the grant would fund construction of a path from the city’s Crooked Creek Park to the Holcomb Bridge unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Sandy Springs purchased the 5-acre Crooked Creek tract at Spalding and River Exchange drives as a possible “pocket park” a little more than two years ago. The Park Service owns the approximately 40-acre Holcomb Bridge parcel nearby.

The city and federal agency are working together to connect their holdings, currently separated by land owned by the Retreat at River Park apartment complex. A Sandy Springs spokesman said the city will work with the Retreat’s owner on acquiring a right-of-way for the trail.

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