Brookhaven, GA, April 6, 2017 – The Post Reports – The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has awarded the City of Brookhaven a $100K grant for a nature trail at Briarwood Park. The trail has an estimated cost of approximately $160K and according to City Communications Manager Ann Marie Quill, the trail will link to an adventure play area and a natural play area as outlined in the Brookhaven Parks Master Plan adopted Feb. 9, 2016.
“The Briarwood Park Nature Trail is a proposed 1 mile trail contained entirely in a greenspace,” Quill said in a City Wednesday release. “Funds will be used to restore .5 miles damaged by use and invasive species and build .5 miles of new trail on the perimeter of the park and within the park. This trail is part of a trail system which includes a proposed multi-use trail.”
“We have been working with the City to upgrade the Briarwood Park Trail for some time, and this grant award will really go a long way to realizing our collective vision for making this resource as attractive and accessible as it can be,” Greg Trinkle, President of Briarwood Park Conservancy said in the release.
The Briarwood grant was one of 14 awarded totaling $2.3 million for trails in Georgia. The Georgia Recreational Trails Grant Program (RTP) administers the federal funds provided to Georgia through the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for the construction and maintenance of recreational trails.
Mayor John Ernst added in the City release, “I am excited the State of Georgia recognizes the intrinsic value of Brookhaven’s Briarwood Park Nature Trail and has chosen to invest in this project. Once complete, it will be another fantastic amenity in Brookhaven’s Park & Recreation system.”
According to the DNR, Brookhaven’s application was among 45 processed this cycle. Beginning in the Fall of 2017, the current grant award program will change to a bi-annual program.
See the proposed Briarwood Park Plan and the DNR RTP full list and the below.