The Duluth City Council voted recently to purchase 3545 McClure Woods Drive for the construction of the Willbrooke Trail. The $389,000 purchase will allow for future use of the property as a pedestrian connection to downtown. Currently, the residents of Willbrooke must walk through the subdivision to McClure Bridge Road, then up McClure Bridge to West Lawrenceville, then over West Lawrenceville to Hill Street, then Main Street, or other downtown locations. This is a very long walk.
The plan includes creating a parklike area where the home currently sits with landscaping, smooth grading, and a trail head. Once the adjacent subdivision (South on Main, by Lennar Home Builders) is complete, the trail will be extended on the city’s easement to tie to the sidewalks on both sides of the street within the South on Main neighborhood. This will allow residents of the Willbrooke community to effectively and safely cut through to downtown on a walking trail.
The purchase is paid for using 2017 SPLOST transportation funds. Additional funding will be needed for demolition of the home on the property, traffic calming, and trail construction once the design is complete, bids are reviewed, and contracts awarded.