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Meetings set on bike, walking paths in north Forsyth

NORTH FORSYTH — Forsyth County will hold a series of meetings later this month to gather public input on a proposed subarea plan that would link walking and bike paths throughout north Forsyth.

Billed as community workshops, they’re set for Oct. 12 at the Central Park Recreation Center and Oct. 13 at Coal Mountain Park Community Building. Both will run from 4 to 8 p.m.

A public meeting on the proposal is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the county administration building in downtown Cumming.

“We hope that the public will help us identify even things that we haven’t thought of yet, that the public will come with ideas that we haven’t even seen,” said Commissioner Cindy Jones Mills.

The plan, as it stands, is to run a path from Eagle’s Beak Park in northwest Forsyth to Charleston Park on Lake Lanier. It would also connect to the Big Creek Greenway, which will eventually reach Sawnee Mountain.

Mills, whose District 4 would have the majority of the paths, said the plan would connect some of Forsyth’s most notable amenities and allow the community to reach them by foot or bike.

“You take all the things that we’re most proud of, our natural resources, and you connect them,” she said.

As north Forsyth begins to develop, Mills said she hopes builders will work with the subarea plan and it will contribute to the county’s designation as a wellness community.

“It’s been three years in the making, but we look at it as a legacy project,” Mills said.