Threading through Granger Park
Published 10:00 am Thursday, April 13, 2017
LaGRANGE – Soon visitors to Granger Park will have more exercise options than just the track, thanks the smooth progress of the installation of the model mile of the Thread, which experts say could be completed as early as June.
Parts of the trail that go between LaGrange High School and student parking lots were finished over spring break, and concrete trucks came back this week to continue the trails path around Granger Park.
“(On Tuesday) they poured 280 yards of concrete for the Thread from the Granger Park entrance – where the kids park at the high school – all the way down to the gates at the track on Granger side,” said City Manager Meg Kelsey. “Last week, they poured 120 yards around that corner of the high school – right across from the high school – so I am very glad that the project is coming out of the ground.”
The city does plan to clean up the landscaping on either side of the trail after the cement is poured, according to City Planner and Friend of the Thread member Leigh Threadgill. Plans for the trail showing grass and small trees along the trail, but right now, the project’s top priority is the instillation of the trail itself.
“It is very impressive to see what they are doing there, and it is going quickly,” said Mayor Jim Thornton.
The initial expected completion date for the model mile of the Thread was in August, and while the trail is currently ahead of schedule, delays such as heavy rain could alter its final completion date.
The model mile of the Thread Trail is part of what the city hopes will become a 29-mile trail system weaving through the community much like Carrollton Greenbelt and the Atlanta Beltline. The project will be one of the considerations for the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax this November along with other capital improvement projects like local parks. To learn more about the Thread visit https://thethreadtrail.org
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