The Marsh Creek Greenway would extend 2,000 feet from behind the Sandy Springs Tennis Center to Glenridge Drive. Sandy Springs is putting in a pre-application for a $2.17 million grant to help fund the $3.55 million project. CITY OF SANDY SPRING

Sandy Springs seeks $2.1M grant for Marsh Creek Greenway

The Sandy Springs City Council has approved pursuing a $2.17 million grant to construct the Marsh Creek Greenway, to run from behind the Sandy Springs Tennis Center to Glenridge Drive.

The city will put in a pre-application for the Georgia Outdoor Stewardship Program grant.

The proposed trail would be concrete, 12 feet wide and 2,000 feet long, with a boardwalk and bridge over environmentally sensitive areas, and three small gathering spaces for fishing, nature observation and environmental education, staff said in a report to the council. It would provide an off-road link between the Abernathy Greenway and a new park at Aria.

For the local match, Sandy Springs is pledging $1 million in city funds; the Sandy Springs Conservancy has committed $15,000 in addition to $18,000 previously given to fund a scoping study, and the PATH Foundation is covering design, engineering and construction administration costs worth $325,000, staff said.

Other contributions bring the total match to $1.37 million, or 38.8% of the $3.55 million construction budget.

The grant program requires a local match equal to at least 25% of the project cost.

“Selected applicants will be notified in February, and the second-stage applications will be due at the end of May,” staff said. “Projects will be approved in summer 2020 and must be completed within 24 months.”

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