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Coastal Greenway plan is to drum up support

POSTED: July 11, 2017 8:30 a.m.
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This portion of the Coastal Georgia Greenway plan shows what would be along Highway 17 from the Darien River bridge to Butler Island.

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SAVANNAH — The Coastal Georgia Greenway, in partnership with The Georgia Conservancy, has recently completed a planning study that illustrates the greenway’s vision and seeks to guide future development.

The greenway is part of the East Coast Greenway, a shared-use trail system which will one day link 25 major cities along the Eastern Seaboard between Calais, Maine, and Key West, Florida. The plan has been on the drawing board for years.

Through a collaborative regional vision, the planned 155-mile Coastal Georgia Greenway will make the beauty of coastal Georgia safely and easily accessible to pedestrians, cyclists, hikers and joggers, while helping to preserve the unique and beautiful Georgia coast, attracting visitors, providing recreation, and making local economies stronger.

Set in one of the most iconic portions of the greenway’s 155-mile route, the planning study focuses on the 1.5-mile greenway segment south of Darien and including Butler Island Plantation along Highway 17 between the Darien River Bridge and Butler Island in Darien.

Plans and design strategies are offered as prototypes with solutions that can be applied to other greenway segments with similar features.

The planning and design work was led by landscape architects from the Savannah office of JB+a, a Division of Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon.

While construction is yet unfunded, the plans and graphics serve to promote the vision and advocacy efforts of the greenway and its partners. Funding was provided by a donor advised fund from the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta, as well as through a grant from Recreation Equipment, Inc. (REI).

This pilot project design study, along with a rendering of the greenway, were unveiled at the annual meeting of the Coastal Georgia Greenway on June 21 at the Coastal Gardens and Bamboo Farm in Savannah.

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