CUMBERLAND The Cumberland Community Improvement District will be joined by officials with the Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb County and the Georgia Department of Transportation for the ribbon-cutting and official opening of a $9.1 million, 1-mile extension of the Bob Callan Trail.

The rain-or-shine event, scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. on July 25, will be on the trailhead located at Interstate North Parkway and Cumberland Boulevard.

The CID is heading up the Bob Callan Trail extension project with help from state and federal grants. The 2-mile southern portion of the trail, which traverses national park land, was completed in 2007. It was named for Robert M. Callan, a retired Georgia division administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

Callan is expected to attend the event, according to Kim Menefee, the CID’s executive director.

The multi-use trail connecting the Cumberland area to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will upon completion stretch 4 miles, from the national recreation area’s Palisades Trailhead at Paces Mill north to a proposed trailhead near Terrell Mill Road, according to Kyethea Clark, director of operations for the Cumberland CID. The extension brings the trail’s length to 3 miles of its planned 4-mile length.

A cost of the final mile has yet to be determined, according to Kim Menefee, the CID’s executive director.

Guest parking for the event will be available at Pennant Park, 380 Interstate North Parkway, with a shuttle to the site and light refreshments provided, but those wishing to attend should RSVP by emailing or by calling 770-859-2352.

The next meeting of the Cumberland CID will be held prior to the trail’s opening — at its normal time and location — at 7:30 a.m. July 25 at the Cobb Chamber of Commerce.

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