The Cumberland Community Improvement District will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to celebrate the opening of the Bob Callan Trail extension.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. July 25 at the Bob Callan trail head at Interstate North Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard. The new, one-mile pathway extends the trail north along Rottenwood Creek and ends just before Windy Hill Road, the Cumberland CID said.
A community improvement district is made up of commercial property owners within district boundaries who tax themselves to pay for public infrastructure projects
Cumberland CID Executive Director Kim Menefee said the organization is thrilled to open the trail extension to the public.
“It gives those who live, work and visit in the Cumberland area access to an amazing natural space with biking, hiking and recreational amenities within an otherwise urban environment,” she added.
Kyethea Clark, director of operations for the CID, said the total project cost for the one-mile concrete extension was $9.1 million. The CID contributed $2.3 million while the state paid $480,000 and the federal government gave $6.3 million.
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Trail users will find six new boardwalk sections, a steel truss bridge spanning a tributary of a creek and resting areas with benches at trail access points. The trail is made with material designed to allow rainfall to flow through to the ground, the CID said.
The Bob Callan Trail now spans three miles and connects to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. It’s also part of a 60-mile network of paths that are either existing, under development or planned around the Cumberland area.
Thirty-eight miles of those trails have been constructed by the CID and its area partners. The existing Cumberland network connects to the Silver Comet Trail, Mountain To River Trail and Noonday Creek Trail. It will eventually connect to the Atlanta BeltLine, the CID added. The CID said another one-mile addition is planned to extend the trail north to Terrell Mill Road.
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