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Groundbreaking for portion of Chattahoochee RiverTrails Network held

Trail groundbreaking crowd on a sunny day
April 26, 2023

A groundbreaking for a new trail in Cobb County attracted a large crowd, including a U.S. Senator, showing its importance to a regional trail network along the Chattahoochee River.

The start of work on the 2.5-mile trail brought praise from Cobb Chairwoman Lisa Cupid, District 4 Commissioner Monique Sheffield, and Senator Jon Ossoff. The Senator told a large crowd at the site, "Ultimately, this is about families across the metro region who can take advantage of this extraordinary natural resource."

picture of groundbreaking ceremony

Chairwoman Cupid said, "This project is a truly equitable transformation for this part of the metro region."

"Quality of life was one of my top priorities when I ran for office," said Commissioner Sheffield, who touted the project as a boon to both residential and business developments in the area. "This project will improve our quality of life by providing access to one of Georgia's greatest natural resources."

Cobb's Chattahoochee River Trail Pedestrian Improvement Project will provide connectivity to future tributary trails planned along Mableton Parkway and Nickajack Creek. It will eventually be part of the regional Chattahoochee RiverLands project, linking trails to other parts of metro Atlanta. The groundbreaking happened at the Riverline Discovery Park in Mableton, and the new city of Mableton's Mayor and council members attended the event.

In Phase I, Cobb's Discovery Park will see improvements in the form of about 2.5 miles of paved and unpaved trails between Mableton Parkway and Veterans Memorial Highway. Phase 2 includes bridges across Nickajack Creek and connectivity to future trails planned for the area.

The Chattahoochee RiverLands project is a cooperative partnership with the county, Atlanta Regional Commission, Trust for Public Lands, and the city of Atlanta. This section, the Chattahoochee River Trail Pedestrian Improvements project, is the first part of the project and will demonstrate the goals and strategies of the broader project.