Project Description

SW Cherokee County Parks & Trails Plan

Details:

Client: Cherokee County

Location: Cherokee County, Georgia

Status: Complete

Highlights:

  • Conceptual master plans for 4 parks

  • Trails plan to connect the parks and other destinations in the southwest portion of the county

  • Hybrid engagement approach with virtual activities, meetings, and an in-person outdoor pop-up

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Description:

TSW was retained by Cherokee County to create a park and trails area plan for the SW portion of the county. The plan is intended to address parcels owned or leased by Cherokee County and intended for use as public parks and recreation facilities along with a system of trails and bike / ped facilities around the parks. The area encompasses about 6,000 acres, with geographic boundaries of the Bartow County line on the west side, Wade Green Road on the east, the Cobb County line to the south and near Kellogg Creek Road and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property on the north side.

With a robust virtual public input process, TSW worked with the County and community to listen to challenges and opportunities of the sites, help develop a vision for the park sites and trails, and gathered feedback on conceptual designs. Public input activities included: Stakeholder Interviews and Focus Groups, Online Surveys for each park and recreation habits in general, a virtual Kick-off Meeting, in-person Pop-up Event paired with a virtual Design Workshop, and culminated in a Draft Plan Review Meeting and Presentation to County Boards and Commissions. All through the process, virtual engagement methods allowed residents and park users to provide place-based feedback on interactive maps with the concept plan options.

TSW developed Conceptual Plans for the parks and trail system totaling 140 acres with a variety of passive and active programming and provided a minimum of two options per site to present to the community for feedback. Following final input, TSW revised concepts into a Preferred Concept Plan for each site that included Construction Cost Estimates and a Phased Capital Improvement Program.