At Issue: Is Gwinnett County ready for its own BeltLine?

The Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District released a survey last week asking residents to weigh in on connecting McDaniel Farm Park to the larger commercial district and existing trail network. The 134-acre park is nestled just off Satellite Boulevard within short walking distance to Gwinnett Place Mall and visible, but not easily accessible, to several office towers.

Nearly every city in Gwinnett has, or is planning to build, a multi-use trail with most working to connect to the 150 miles of existing county trails.

According to Gwinnett Greenspace Planner Marcie Moore, the county has long-range plans to create a “loop” trail to provide connections to Shorty Howell Park, McDaniel Farm Park, Peachtree Ridge Park and Suwanee Creek Park. The loop will consist of portions of the Western Gwinnett Bikeway, Sweetwater Creek Greenway, Singleton Creek Greenway, Satellite Boulevard Multi-Use Path and the Lower Suwanee Greenway.

Eventually this loop trail would be part of the greater planned trail system by linking to the existing Suwanee Creek Greenway as well as the future Chattahoochee Greenway, Central City Greenway and Bromolow Greenway.

In repeated surveys, residents state they want more walking trails and ways to connect to existing parks. Gwinnett officials want to understand how residents envision themselves using these trails. Is it for recreation or health reasons? Are residents looking for transportation alternatives? What destinations do they want to reach? Do they want to bike or walk to neighborhoods, playgrounds, schools, nature, shopping, work, restaurants, grocery stores?

Can Gwinnett envision this network of trails becoming their own integrated approach to connecting neighborhoods, transportation, land use, greenspace and sustainable growth like Atlanta’s BeltLine?

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