The Greenprints trail network is a long-term, 60-mile trail project, aimed at creating a citywide system of multi-use trails.
Brian Stockton, director of Woodstock’s Office of Economic Development and a Greenprints Alliance board member, said the Downtown Spur — or Town to Creek — and Noonday Creek trails are nearing completion and may be opened as early as February.
“The bridge that goes over Noonday Creek to connect to Woofstock Park will happen later in 2014,” he said Thursday.
However, weather will play the largest role in determining when the trails are finished, said Tal Harber, Woodstock capital projects manager.
“The contract goes through May. Depending on the weather, it may require the extent of the contract,” he said.
When completed, the Downtown Spur trail will travel south from downtown Woodstock, at the intersection of Market Street and Elm Street, to the Noonday Creek trail.
The Noonday Creek trail will follow the creek toward Highway 92, nearly reaching Woofstock Dog Park, Stockton said. A bridge will be built later in 2014 to connect to the dog park, he said.
With these two portions of the project finished, the trail system will have about two miles of completed multi-use trails.
Along with the Trestle Rock trail, a paved half-mile of the Greenprints system, there are also multiple miles of mountain biking trails at Old Rope Mill Park— the Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails.
Stockton said the next projects will get underway soon, hopefully in 2015.
“In early 2015 we will get the money to do the Towne Lake Pass, which would connect Woofstock Park over to Towne Lake,” Stockton said.
The Downtown Spur and Noonday Creek trails were funded by county park bonds, and Harber said the next trail section to be constructed using the county funds will likely be the Towne Lake Pass trail.
“The next allocation from that bond will come in 2015, so that’s when the next section will most likely begin, and right now it’s intended that section will be the Towne Lake trail, which is going to pick up in the vicinity of the city dog park on Dupree Road, and will extend up into the Towne Lake area,” Harber said.
After the Towne Lake Pass trail, the next Greenprints project will use transportation grant money from the Georgia Department of Transportation and federal government to construct the Rubes Creek trail, a section that will come off of Rope Mill Road near the city’s wastewater treatment plant and run toward the Springfield Park area, Harber said.
Harber said the existing trails in Woodstock continue to see great success. Though he has not received updated counts on visitors lately, Harber said he’s positive that the trails are continually enjoyed by residents and visitors.
“It’s getting a lot of use. It’s popular, not just locally, but regionally and has some national notoriety among the mountain biking community,” Harber said. “I’m positive the trails are being used year-round.”
The Greenprints Alliance is a nonprofit organization, started in 2007, with the goals of increasing awareness, raising funds and helping to complete the trail network.
More information on the Greenprints Trail system is available online, at http://www.greenprintsalliance.org.