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Board of Commissioners sign off on agreement for trail connecting these key Dawsonville, county areas
Main Street Park new trail
The planned trail will allow pedestrian access between the city’s Main Street Park and the Dawson County Library.

A city trail project connecting two popular recreational areas has now been greenlit following an Oct. 6 vote by the Dawson County Board of Commissioners. 

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The board unanimously rubber stamped an amended intergovernmental agreement or IGA between the county and the city of Dawsonville for a connecting trail between Main Street Park and the Dawson County Library, with additional access to Fire and Emergency Services’ Station 1 Headquarters. 

For the project, asphalt would be extended as part of a paved walking path from the northeastern part of Main Street Park to the paved parking lot behind the Dawson County Library, according to the agreement. 

City trail IGA
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As part of that trail portion, an earthen bridge would be installed perpendicular to Flat Creek, with a culvert pipe running through it to allow the water to pass, as recommended by EPD. 

A woodland interpretive trail would diverge from the portion near the library, come down to the fire department and loop back around to the trail side east of the earthen bridge. 

The trail and bridge-like infrastructure would be beneficial to library patrons and small classes who want to go to the park’s educational garden area, County Manager David Headley said during an Oct. 6 presentation during the BOC’s work session. 

The trail would also allow the sheriff’s office and emergency services to access the park during events like the Mountain Moonshine Festival, Headley added. 

Prior to the county vote, Dawsonville’s city manager, Bob Bolz, presented the city council with plans for the nature trail last March

Since that time, city and county attorneys have been fine-tuning the agreement’s language, and public officials have been in communication with Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division because of the proximate creek. 

The city will take on all costs associated with construction, maintenance, signage and upkeep of the trail. Funding for the project will come from SPLOST VII, which the city and county approved another IGA for in May 2021. 

Following the BOC’s vote, Bolz said that the city is currently waiting on bids from contractors, so precise budget amounts are undetermined. With the Mountain Moonshine Festival coming up in just over a week, the city “may not make that deadline” of completing it before then, Bolz said.

Construction bid processes typically take multiple months, from advertising projects to narrowing down and approving a bid. 

“If that date passes, it will be sometime later this fall or early winter,” Bolz added.

Dawsonville mayor Mike Eason called the culvert aspect of the trail project a “cost savings” and added that he and other public officials “want to make it as easy as possible” to traverse community areas like the park and library. 

“We want to encourage our citizens and make it walkable for them to walk back and forth, exercise and get out in the community,” Eason said.