SOUTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County is seeking federal funds to acquire more park land along the Chattahoochee River.
During a recent work session, the county commission voted 5-0 to send a letter to U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson outlining its case.
The 2016 budget for the Land and Water Conservation Fund of the National Park Service includes about $2.1 million for the Chattahoochee River Natural Recreation Area. And local officials say the county has shown a commitment to using the river’s natural resources.
“We bought some 300 acres in the early 1990s … and the parks and recreation greenspace bond of 2008 bought another 100 acres along the Chattahoochee River,” said Commissioner Brian Tam. “We’d like to add to that inventory.”
Tam represents District 2, which includes the county’s southern tip and whose eastern border is the river.
The letter, signed by Commission Chairman Pete Amos, states the funds “will protect additional river frontage and enhance the recreational opportunities afforded by the Chattahoochee River.”
If the county were to receive funding, Tam said the ensuing park site likely would be for greenspace.
“If we were to acquire it, it would be similar to what we have now at Chattahoochee Pointe, which is a passive park with walking trails, playgrounds, river access and jogging trails, picnic tables and playgrounds,” he said. “No active recreation, no lights, no [youth sports] fields or anything like that.”
Tam said he is optimistic at the county’s funding chances, noting that local taxpayers have shown a commitment to parks near the river through the previous land acquisitions.