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Section of greenway reopens after repairs
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Forsyth County News

 

A section of the popular Big Creek Greenway reopened Friday night.

The 1.8-mile segment from McFarland Parkway to Union Hill Road had been closed for repairs since March 15.

Several broken decking joists beneath the boardwalk have been replaced and enhanced, using larger and stronger boards designed for increased durability, Forsyth County officials said.

Factors that staff suspect may have contributed to the need for repairs include damage from repeated flooding and equipment that may have exceeded the structure's load capacity.

According to the county, evidence has also shown that the public has been accessing the greenway with unauthorized vehicles, including ATVs and golf carts, from a variety of points along the trail.

Only county service and emergency response vehicles are allowed on the greenway.

The county has taken measures to prevent this from happening again, including putting up additional barriers, expanding existing ones and posting new informative signs.

The work was performed by Reliant Construction and county staff.

The total cost for replacing and enhancing the boardwalk in this section and the other related work totaled about $50,000.

Funding came from the $100 million parks, recreation and green space bond that voters approved in 2008.

Those who take a trip down the 6.8-mile trail, which opened in 2009, will also see some other new additions, including two sculptures and a mural.

One sculpture and one mixed-media mural have been installed at the Bethelview Road trailhead, while another sculpture graces the Fowler Park entrance.

The county's parks and recreation department received a $10,000 grant from the Forsyth County Arts Alliance to fund the artwork.

Matthew Pate, outdoor program manager for the parks department, said in a statement that the project is “the first of its kind in Georgia.”

“With this artistic, immersive and creative approach to environmental education, the Forsyth County parks and recreation department hopes to inspire people to adopt an ethic of individual stewardship to have a better understanding of local natural treasures,” he said.