Greenways in Bulloch County—Latest developments

Two of our Statesboro Pacers, Larry Mutter and Carolyn Altman have been incredible forces in working to bring Greenways to Bulloch County.

Larry Mutter spearheaded the Bulloch Greenways Steering Committee some time ago and coordinated Greenway planning efforts between this committee, Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department, and Georgia Southern University. The result was the evolution of a comprehensive and excellent "Greenways System Master Plan" for Bulloch County. This plan was prepared for Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Dept. who coordinates Greenways planning in Bulloch County. For more information visit Greenways in Bulloch County.

Carolyn Altman is currently spearheading a "Friends of the Greenway" group, whose mission will be to help educate folks about greenways, advocate their development, and raise monies for their support. Below she lists ways each of us can become a "Friend of the Greenway" and help bring Greenways to Bulloch County.

Please check back to this page periodically for the latest developments on Greenways in Bulloch County.

Recent Articles:

9/21/05, Tunnel Proposed for Greenway & A message from Carolyn Altman (recent news)
2/17/05, ACTION ALERT -- Prevent Raid on Trail, Bike Project Funds
5/12/04, Update on the One Mile Downtown Greenway/Linear Park
4/29/04, "County gets grant for greenway, DOT awards Bulloch $529,000" Statesboro Herald
4/28/04, "Yahoo! We're going to have a greenway!" from Carolyn Altman
4/13/03, Greenway supporters for the S&S Greenway attended Max Burns' Town Hall Mtg.
4/19/04, What can you do to help make the S&S Greenway a reality as soon as possible?
4/2/04, NEW TRANSPORTATION BILL REFLECTS INCREASED DEMAND FOR TRAILS
2/24/04 Statesboro's Downtown Linear Park/Greenway is soon to become a reality!!

Additional Cool Links:
Greenways in Bulloch County.
Rails To Trails Conservancy (railtrails.org)
Trail Link-Find the Best Trails for Outdoor Recreation

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9/20/05, Greenspace help needed!

by Carolyn Altman, 9/20/05, a message to all Greenway advocates...

I'm working with KBB on the acquisition of greenspace, so if you or any of the Pacers are interested in this, we are looking for help!  There is a little money, and some will on the part of the County, which is good, so it wouldn't be a totally uphill battle. If you or Danny know of anyone interested in this, I'd be grateful if you could pass along their names.

Additionally, a quick update on the S & S Greenway. Mike Rollins [Director of S'boro Bulloch Co. Parks & Rec Dept] has achieved a miracle and gotten the ok from DOT to go under the bypass and rumor has it that the County voted today [9/20/05] to come up with the matching money for the next phase. I imagine that construction will be rolling along, so if you want to have an impact on the "impact between bones and trail surface," now might be the time. [Carolyn refers to Pacers writing/contacting/encouraging these greenway developers/decision makers to consider using asphalt greenways vs. concrete greenways] I have been on the greenway from Gentilly to Cawana road, and it is pretty wet, so if there are engineering concerns about that, keep that in mind. The next bit is all road.

Carolyn Altman

Carolyn Altman can be reached at <babyheart@frontiernet.net> or 912-871-3423.

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5/12/04, Update on the One Mile Downtown Greenway/Linear Park

by Larry Mutter, 5/12/2004, a message to all Greenway advocates...

Hello Greenway Supporters,

A quick update on the one mile Downtown Greenway/Linear Park that has been in the works for (ugh) a decade:

Joseph Mosley, Statesboro City Planner, called me this morning and told me that construction will likely begin on the corridor this summer. This is the good news. The bad news is that this timeframe could be extended due to procedural reviews necessary for this type of construction project. Joseph told me that bids for construction of the corridor were opened and reviewed in early May by City staff. Using established criteria, staff selected a construction company that they will recommend to the Statesboro City Council at next week's meeting. If Council approves the recommendation, the City will forward it to the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) for review. DOT is the agency that provided grant money to the City way back in the mid 1990s and they have to approve important decisions, such as what construction company is hired to develop the corridor. If DOT concurs with the City Council's recommendation, they issue a "Notice to Proceed" to the City and that is when construction can begin.

I'm not sure anything can be done by the greenways community at this point. It is a waiting game. The City Council usually goes along with staff recommendations; the only hold-up could be the DOT decision making.

Please note that this project is distinctly different from the $530,000 grant received several weeks ago by the County for development of phase one of the S&S Greenway. Carolyn Altman and I (and others) will track progress on this grant and report on it at as information becomes available to us.

Larry Mutter

Larry Mutter can be reached at <lmutt@georgiasouthern.edu>.

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"County gets grant for greenway, DOT awards Bulloch $529,000," Statesboro Herald, 4/29/04

JAKE HALLMAN/staff
State Sen. Jack Hill, left, Bulloch County Recreation Director Mike Rollins, center, and state Rep. Bob Lane discuss the county’s plans to establish a greenway and bike path between Statesboro and Brooklet. On Wednesday, the county received a $529,000 grant to begin work on the project.

By KATHERINE FITCH
kfitch@statesboroherald.net

Bulloch County is heading down a new path - and it’s a bike path.
On Wednesday, Bulloch County received a $529,000 grant to begin construction on a greenway walking and bike path that will ultimately connect Statesboro and Brooklet.
The grant is part of the state’s federal Transportation Enhancement funds which are awarded by the state Department of Transportation every two years.
Recreation Department Director Mike Rollins said the grant will be used to begin work on the county’s first greenway project, which will provide a needed and safe corridor for cyclists, walkers and runners.
“It’s just an excellent opportunity to establish a linear park between here and Brooklet,” Rollins said. He said the county expects to have a finished plan and begin construction within a year on the first phase which will begin at Memorial Park on Fair Road and run to Gentilly Road. Subsequent phases will run the greenway behind Winn-Dixie, cross the bypass and on to Brooklet. “It’s almost as straight as an arrow,” Rollins said of the proposed route which follows the old S&S Railroad line. In total he said the greenway will be between eight and nine miles long.
Rollins said the first phase of the project will actually be the hardest section to complete because the county must acquire the land for the project. However, he said later portions of the project will be easier because the county already owns most of the property along the old railroad line.
Although the grant will allow the county to begin the project, Rollins said additional funds will be necessary to complete it. As part of the grant, the county will contribute some funds to the project although Rollins said they have not determined the amount yet.
The linear park is one of many greenway and bike path projects developed over the last two years by a steering committee operating under the Recreation Department. Although Statesboro is a college town, Rollins said there is a real lack of routes for bicyclist and walkers.
Larry Mutter, who worked on the steering committee which developed a greenway master plan for the county, said 84 percent of residents who responded to a leisure survey by the Recreation Department, said they wanted more bike paths and trails. “We have laid out (in the master plan) over 300 miles of bikeways, multi-use greenways and shared use routes,” Mutter said.
Carolyn Altman, who also served on the greenway steering committee, said she has seen alot of enthusiasm for the project — from parents who want a safe place to bike ride with their children to college students in Brooklet who want an alternative way to commute to Statesboro. “Across the board, people are thrilled with this project,” she said.
Danny and Debbie Gleason, who are with the Statesboro Pacers running club, said they are looking forward to having a safe place to run. The Gleasons also worked on the steering committee which helped develop the greenway master plan and said ultimately they would like to see a network of paths connecting schools, parks, cities and shopping areas.
Statesboro cyclists Ray and Mary Fry, who are part of a Georgia tandem bikers association, said they are looking forward to having someplace to ride away from traffic.
The grant was presented to county officials by Jon Burns, representative for the 12th District on the state Department of Transportation Board.
“It was an excellent project,” Burns said. This year the DOT received 338 grant applications totaling $218 million in requests. Burns said the DOT only had $56 million to award and all of the projects were worthwhile. The grants are given for a number of different transportation projects including greenways, bike lanes, streetscapes and preservation of scenic byways.
Bulloch County Chairman Johnny Parrish said county officials, state representatives and the community came together to obtain the grant for the county.
“When you’ve got everybody on the same sheet of music it sounds good, and it sounded good here today,” Parrish said.
Katherine Fitch can be reached at (912) 489-9411.

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Yahoo! We're going to have a greenway!

by Carolyn Altman, 4/28/2004, a message to all Greenway advocates...

Hello Hardworking Greenway People:

Just a quick note to let you know we just found out that the S and S Greenway has been funded for over $500,000! Thanks to all the folks, including you, who helped make this happen. There will be a press conference at 5PM today at the County Annex on North Main, at which Parks and Rec will announce the project. Go if you can, and let the world know you can't wait for this project to get rolling.

Yippie!! Now we need to help raise the consciousness about how cool this greenway will be, rally to show support, help raise matching money, and do whatever we can to make this greenway happen.

Debbie Gleason and I met many many greenway supporters at an Earth Day table about the greenway system, and have added these folks to our notification list. It was great to fill people in on the possibilities for greenways in the county, and people were thrilled with the prospects. Many have enjoyed greenways in other parts of the state and country, and had much to say about how these greenways enhanced those communities economically and in terms of health, aesthetics, tourism, and general fun. If you belong to a group that would like to have a quick, fun presentation on greenways, and a chance to help develop a vision for them in the county, please call me at 912-871-3423. The best we can do right now is to generate serious desire.

In other news, the House and Senate have agreed to maintain the funding for our sorts of projects (bikeways, greenways, ped/bike issues) at ten percent of the Transportation Bill, which is what it has been for the last term of the bill. However, they did disagree on the total funding for the bill, and President Bush considers both of their numbers too high, so the entire bill is tabled until after the election. We thank the folks who work for Max Burns for explaining all this to us, and for tracking the S and S grant.

Get ready for action. We'll keep you posted.

Thanks again for making some green possible for us all.

Carolyn Altman

Carolyn Altman can be reached at <babyheart@frontiernet.net> or 912-871-3423.

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Greenway supporters for the S&S Greenway attended Max Burns' Town Hall Mtg. 4/13/04

Pacer, Larry Mutter who has been the driving force in organizing the Greenways Steering Committee in hopes of building Greenways throughout Bulloch County, eloquently represented the many Greenway supporters who attended last Tuesday's Town Hall Mtg. Greenway supporters, many of them Pacers, comprised roughly 1/4 of the audience. Here's Larry's follow up to that meeting:

On Tuesday, April 13, 2004 Congressman Max Burns held a "Town Hall Meeting" in Statesboro during which he listened to his constituents' concerns and ideas. More than a dozen supporters of greenways showed up to urge Mr. Burns to support funding for the S&S Greenway. Greenways advocates also asked Burns for his support in authorizing the "transportation enhancements" section of the mega-huge federal highway spending bill that is being considered by Congress this spring. These "enhancements" include such things as greenways. We told Congressman Burns that we support local development of greenways for their obvious health, environmental, safety, and economic benefits.
 
After the town hall, we had a follow-up meeting with Burns' staffer Allen Muldrew, who assured us that he would look into the status of a funding proposal submitted for development of the S&S Greenway. As most greenway supporters know, the S&S Greenway would run from Statesboro to Brooklet along an abandoned rail line. The S&S Greenway funding proposal was prepared by the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department and submitted to the U.S. Department of Transportation for consideration this past winter. Updates will be provided on the status of the S&S Greenway proposal as they become available.
 
Please note that the S&S Greenway and the Downtown Greenway/linear park are two different projects. The downtown greenway has been in the planning and development stages for about 10 years; it will soon be completed, as reported in a previous Statesboro Pacers newsletter.
 
Remember to celebrate Earth Day [Thursday, 4/22/04] by going out biking, walking or attending an Earth Day event. Carolyn Altman will represent greenways at GSU's Earth Day event at the Russell Union around mid-day.
-- Larry Mutter

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What can you do to help make the S&S Greenway a reality as soon as possible?

Pacer, Carolyn Altman, another dynamic force in town, has been diligently researching ways each of us can help support Greenways coming to Bulloch Co. with the S&S Greenway as the #1 Priority! As a group, we CAN effect change…if each of us follows even one of her suggestions below, the powers that be would learn the majority of their constituents support Greenways in Bulloch County! Here's her letter:

Hello Pacers:
 
Imagine how nice it would be to have a seven mile stretch of safe, car-free trail through the trees and fields between Statesboro to Brooklet. The trail would follow the historic S and S railroad grade between the two towns, and take you past grazing horses, ponds, farms, and much wildlife. You could finish up in Brooklet with coffee or a cool drink at a little outside cafe, and maybe even glance in a antique store or two. On days you were looking to change up your workout, you could roller blade or bike. And because there are no cars, your children could run or ride along with you.
 
Sound like heaven? Well, a greenway between Statesboro and Brooklet is a definite possibility. A Greenway Committee consisting of county business owners, planners, recreational groups (the Pacers were ably represented by Debbie Gleason), politicians and other movers and shakers identified the trail as the first of its main goals for investing in the livability of Bulloch County. Bulloch County already owns most of the land, and Statesboro-Bulloch Parks and Recreation has already submitted a large grant to get the ball rolling.
 
What can you do to help make this greenway a reality as soon as possible?

1. Talk it up with everyone you know. Some facts to mention might be that we need a way to help Georgians become fit, we need a safe place to recreate, that a close relationship with nature is essential to the human spirit. On a more mercenary note, greenways around the country, including the Silver Comet trail here in GA, bring in tourist dollars, increase property values, and reduce crime. Word of mouth is our best advertising. Please, tell everyone you know about the S and S Greenway.
 
2. Email or write your legislators. The Federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21 Century, which pays for bike lanes, alternative transportation, greenways, and other things near and dear to our hearts, is up for reauthorization by the end of April. The scuttlebutt is that the powers that be want to swipe money from the transportation enhancements section of the bill, which is the part that pays for bike/ped/greenways for roads. At this point, it would be most helpful to write letters to your representatives expressing your support for the bike/ped/greenway component of the bill, discussing your use of such things and what they mean to you and to the future. Writing your legislators is not the chore it once was. Google them, open their web page, and click on their email. Just jot a few lines about your feelings, and that's it.
 
3. Email Max Burns in particular. He says he is supportive of TEA-LU (as the transportation bill is called in the House) in general and the S and S greenway application in particular. We need his help to get the money for the grant, and to keep the alternative transportation/greenway money in the Transportation bill. Again, Google him, then click on his email contact info to write a few lines.
 
4. Email me, Carolyn Altman, at babyheart@frontiernet.net or call me at 912-871-3423. I will add you to our greenways email tree, and keep you up to date on happenings and such. The more the merrier at these public education events, hearings, etc. We are becoming quite a lively group.
 
5. Let me know if I can come do a presentation for a group of your friends, neighbors, clubs, girl scouts, etc. I come with groovy maps, charts and pictures, thanks to Larry Mutter at GSU, who is the secret genius behind the greenway.
 
The next time you are driving north on the bypass between 67 and 80, look to the east. Just to the south of the new car dealership is a gap in the trees. That gap, the S and S Railroad grade, is our path to a healthy, beautiful future.
 
--Carolyn Altman

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NEW TRANSPORTATION BILL REFLECTS INCREASED DEMAND FOR TRAILS, 4/2/04

Copied from: http://www.railtrails.org/news/newsreleases/default.asp?id=68
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4/2/2004

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NEW TRANSPORTATION BILL REFLECTS
INCREASED DEMAND FOR TRAILS
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy commends Congress for its commitment

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 - Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted to increase federal investment in trails and greenways with the passage of the reauthorization of the nation's surface transportation statute. H.R. 3550, "The Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users," provides $275 billion for transportation over the next six years. The bill is now headed to a conference committee to resolve differences with a version of the legislation previously passed by the U.S. Senate.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a national organization that advocates on behalf of trails and greenways, commends members of the U.S. House of Representatives for their support of four key programs (funding is over six years):

* Transportation Enhancements (TE). This popular program, which funds community-based trail, bicycle and pedestrian projects, will receive approximately $3.7 billion in the House bill.

* Recreational Trails Program. This program, which funds trails by using a portion of the federal gas taxes attributable to off-road recreation, is funded at $503 million.

* Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program. This program, funded at $145 million, will assist several cities to complete seamless transportation networks - connecting trails, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, mass transit, etc. - which will serve as national models demonstrating that communities will routinely use alternative modes of transportation if available.

* Safe Routes to School. This critical new program, aimed at making it safer for children to walk and bicycle to school, is proposed to be funded at $1 billion.

"Rails-to-Trails Conservancy supports a healthy and balanced transportation system," says RTC President Keith Laughlin. "The time is passed for the federal government to narrowly focus on building roads. This legislation demonstrates that Congress is responding to the American people's desire for safe places to walk and bicycle in their communities."

RTC mounted a successful nationwide campaign last year to save TE funding after a House Appropriations Committee voted to eliminate it for fiscal year 2004. RTC and its partners mobilized grassroots networks of trail, bicycle and pedestrian advocates from across the nation. The strong support for continued investment in trails and greenways was demonstrated when the House voted 327 to 90 on September 4, 2003 to restore TE program funding.

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Statesboro's Downtown Linear Park/Greenway is soon to become a reality!!

Pacer, Larry Mutter who has been an absolutely incredible force and spearhead in bringing folks together through the Greenways Steering Committee in hopes of building Greenways throughout Bulloch County, shares the following good news he recently received from Jason Boyles, Statesboro's Assistant City Engineer and Greenways Steering Committee Member!!

Larry,
I thought that you might be interested to know that the City has just recently (and finally!) placed our Linear Park project out for bidding. As you may remember, this is a shared use pathway that begins at Memorial Park and extends over 1 mile in length to end adjacent to the downtown area.
We hope to begin construction by mid-April and complete the project by the end of the year. Unfortunately, it may be too cold to fully enjoy the benefits of this bicycle/pedestrian pathway at the time of completion but maybe word will spread quickly enough so it will be packed with users when the spring of '05 arrives!
Let's all spread the word and help make this project a success!
Thanks,
Jason Boyles
Assistant City Engineer
2/24/04
(reprinted with permission)

Great news Jason & Larry! Wouldn't it be wonderful to have that complete in time for the Jingle Bell Run, that first Thursday in December for a possible inaugural opening of Greenway? And maybe Pacers & Jingle Bell Race Coordinators Carla Easter & Deborah Carico could consider re-routing Jingle Bell Run along this new Greenway?? Here's hoping!!!

For more information: Greenways in Bulloch County. This link is also posted on our Statesboro Pacers' Home Page under "Other Clubs/Orgs" "Statesboro-Bulloch Greenways for Tomorrow."

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