If you are a runner, always scouting new routes to get in those miles...
If you want a safe place to ride a bike and not mingle with vehicle traffic...
If you are a parent trying to keep you r children safe while walking...
Or just a citizen that likes to take a walk to the store... GREAT NEWS!
At the Richmond Hill City Council meeting Oct. 7 the City Council approved the Richmond Hill Sidewalk Project. This will connect neighborhoods to schools, parks and retail establishments withing the city limits of Richmond Hill, GA. The project has already been bid out and the construction begins later this month!
Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler said his concern has been kids' safety, "however, walkable neighborhoods benefit all citizens. Residents in such neighborhoods tend to get more physical activity, businesses benefit from local customers and property values increase faster, and there is an enhanced sense of connection due to greater interaction among neighbors."
Richmond Hill already has a fairly extensive network of sidewalks and nature trails for walking, but till now they were not really connected in a way that would allow you to get from one neighborhood to the next, or from the neighborhood to the school or to the nature trails at the parks. This project will now connect everything (well not everything, but a lot). Linking all of these great individual neighborhood infrastructures to one another will make Richmond Hill a first class walk-able city!
Once complete, the system of sidewalks will connect Richmond Hill Plantation, Turtle Hill, Melrose, Cherokee, Brisbon Hall, Sterling Creek Plantation, Piercefield Forest, Main Street, Ashton Apartments, Plantation Apartments and other residential areas to school, recreation parks, grocery and other shopping, as well as other pedestrian destinations on Timber Trail, Harris Trail, Ga. 144 and U.S. 17
- An 8-foot wide concrete sidewalk along Timber Trail and Harris Trail to connect the South Bryan Recreation Department ball fields to Richmond Hill High School.
- A 6-foot wide concrete sidewalk to be installed along Casey Drive in order to allow for pedestrian connectivity to Piercefield Forest subdivision and Plantation Apartments
- An 8-foot wide concrete sidewalk along Harris Trail from the Main Street subdivision to U.S. 17
- An 8-foot wide gravel path along Sterling Creek off of Timber Trail
Finally, I want to give credit where it is due. I remember several of the current city council members making sidewalks an "election campaign topic" and I hoped they were serious. Thank you Richmond Hill City Council and Mayor Harold Fowler for coming through for us!
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p.s. for the long distance runners out there (of which I am lucky to count myself one), Richmond Hill is amazing to run, I have no problem finding safe routes to run anything from 3 to 20 miles and these sidewalks are just going to improve that situation even more.