Earlier this year, Clayton County agreed to partner with the PATH planning and design team to develop a trail master plan for the County. PATH unveiled the “Clayton Connects” brand along with a 105 mile plan for trails at a public meeting in early June. PATH will also help Clayton build a demonstration trail in and around the International Park later this year. The PATH design team will present 50% construction drawings for the first two miles of trail in the Park in September. If all goes as planned, the first two miles of ‘Clayton Connects’ will be under construction before the end of 2014.
Segments of the master plan connect with PATH trails in DeKalb County and the City of Atlanta. There are also plans to make minor repairs and launch a rebrand of the Jester Creek Trail near Morrow with the new logo and amenity package. Work could begin this fall at Jester Creek.
Trail development in Clayton will benefit greatly from the county SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) intended in part, to spur park and greenspace development. Each commission district has funding available that can be used for trail construction. PATH will work with each commissioner to fast-track trail construction in their districts in the county.
Many thanks to the enthusiastic stakeholders group who have kept this effort on track. The citizens of Clayton County, the county administrators and elected officials have been great partners thus far. We look forward to working with our newest partner to build a first-class trail system throughout Clayton County.