Woodstock city officials and Greenprints Alliance representatives recently announced plans for a new park in Woodstock, to be located off Trickum Road on the city’s east side, where limited park and recreation opportunities exist.
The city has acquired 40.7 acres east of Trickum Road, and local nonprofit Greenprints Alliance recently acquired 36.32 acres on the north side of Little River. At its regular meeting on Oct. 23, the City Council officially approved the purchase of an additional 24.42 acres. When fully assembled, the land will total more than 100 acres and will provide local residents with passive recreation opportunities. While final amenities are open to stakeholder input and discussion, the Greenprints Plan, approved by the city in 2008, contemplates a multi-use trail on a portion of this site.
The benefits provided by this new park include:
- Open space preservation.
- Protection of Little River and the Etowah River Basin.
- Additional trails, with a possible canoe launch site.
- Passive recreation opportunities.
“We are excited to preserve this land from future development and make it a park,” Mayor Donnie Henriques said.
Colin Ake, chair of the Greenprints Board of Directors, said “Greenprints Alliance is dedicated to getting people outdoors by bringing a vibrant trail system to life. We are excited to see our acreage as a part of a larger park and are eager to work with the city of Woodstock to plan and implement the park.”
Woodstock Parks and Recreation Director Preston Pooser said the property’s topography is suitable for a passive park with amenities, including trails, pavilions and playgrounds.