Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area invites public input on Preliminary Trails Management Plan
Initial public commenting on the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area Preliminary Trails Management Plan will open from March 15 to April 15, 2021.
Within the park's boundary are approximately 65 miles of pedestrian and mixed-use trails. Most of the existing trail system consists of legacy social trails, relict roadbeds, and utility corridors predating the park's establishment in 1978. These legacy trails were never intentionally designed for a positive trail experience. They lack connectivity to neighboring trail systems while potentially degrading water quality through erosion runoff and impacting plant habitat. Many of the existing trails are also difficult and costly to maintain.
To help address the issues, the National Park Service is developing a plan for design and maintenance of an improved pedestrian and multi-use trail system for the entirety of the Chattahoochee River NRA.
After working with trail users and professional trail designers, the park has developed a set of preliminary trail design proposals for each of the park’s 15 land units. The preliminary designs aim to improve the visitor experience on trails, improve the sustainability of the park’s trail system, and improve its connectivity to planned and existing regional trail systems – including the proposed Chattahoochee RiverLands Greenway (https://chattahoocheeriverlands.com/).
Providing Your Input
Chattahoochee River NRA has developed two methods for submitting plan comments online. Written comments may be submitted by visiting https://parkplanning.nps.gov/CRNRA_Trails and selecting “Open for Comment” on the left menu bar and selecting “Preliminary Trails Management Plan.” There is also a second online platform that provides an interactive option for viewing trail proposals and an opportunity for the public to upload their own concerns, designs, and suggestions. It may be accessed at https://arcg.is/1PKmna.
Written comments may also be submitted by mail to: National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Attn: CRNRA Trails Plan / Charles Lawson, 12795 West Alameda Pkwy,Denver, CO 80228
Written comments on the initial phase of the plan must be submitted online or postmarked by April 15, 2021 to be considered.
Two virtual public meetings to discuss the trails plan and answer questions about the project will take place on Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. (ET), and on Friday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. (ET). Links to join the virtual meetings may be accessed on the project website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/CRNRA_Trails. During the virtual meetings, National Park Service staff will explain the plan process, showcase methods for public comment, and answer participants’ questions. The meeting presentations will be identical and interested parties are encouraged to attend the time most convenient.
Next StepsAfter public comments are received, park staff will adjust the proposed strategies, as necessary, before developing the complete Trails Management Plan. There will be another opportunity to comment on the plan once it is in full draft.