Brookhaven, GA, April 23 – North Fork Connectors held their first event celebrating Earth Day by cleaning up the banks along a section of the North Fork of Peachtree Creek. Chairperson Betsy Eggers, Board member Carol Kemker, and a huge turnout of volunteers got to work removing old tires, trash and other debris from what they hope will someday be a public park.
“This linear park will be a mix of bike trails, walking paths and someday, our big hope is that people can also safely paddle down the North Fork,” said Betsy Eggers, Chairperson of North Fork Connectors. She is hopeful they will turn what she calls an “undiscovered asset” into a park that will be great for neighborhoods, businesses and families in the community.
Board member Carol Kemker added, “We are very excited to be launching our initiative with this first event of ours, cleaning up this beautiful resource.” Kemker also pointed out creating a public park would allow people to enjoy the beautiful trees, song birds, and wildlife living along the North Fork, saying, “Our vision is that the linear parks will help bring people together in the community… to enjoy the parks and the fabulous waterways that we have running through our neighborhoods.”
Eggers is optimistic about the impact the future park will have on the community saying, “We hope that the linear park of North Fork will connect to the BeltLine so that people have an alternative transportation mode, people can walk and bike places.”
North Fork Connectors mission is to create a public park along the North Fork of Peachtree Creek for walking, cycling, and paddling. This linear park, advocated by both DeKalb County and the PATH Foundation, was included as part of a master plan published back in 2000. The plan includes public walking trails and bike paths along 12-miles of the creek near I-85 extending from I-285 near Mercer to the Lindbergh MARTA station, where the North Fork converges with the South Fork and becomes Peachtree Creek. The park paths will eventually connect to the BeltLine and to other paths throughout the metro area. Three miles of the North Fork linear park plan lie with the City of Brookhaven.
To learn more about North Fork Connectors and how you can get involved, visit their website NorthForkConnectors.org.