Residents in Bryan and Effingham County rejoiced after learning they will soon have more opportunities to recharge outdoors.
Each district is addressing recreation needs, as residents expressed a desire for more opportunities to cycle, walk, and play. Both counties have or will be taking advice from the public, and several projects are in the works.
Here’s what you need to know.
Bryan County approves bike and pedestrian plan
The Bryan County Board of Commissioners approved a bicycle and pedestrian plan focusing on transportation through unincorporated areas. Only 600 residents took part in the survey.
The plan states that the proposed ideas would support a “connected system of pathways and greenways connecting neighborhoods, parks and public amenities, ensuring new developments incorporate the identified pathways and greenways into their design, and providing recreational opportunities and alternative transportation options around.” to get around the county on foot and by bike.”
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Other areas of the county, such as Richmond Hill, are included in the layout.
There are 24 proposed projects, including a seven-mile shared trail from Highway 280 in Pembroke to Highway 204 in Ellabell, and a six-mile bike path from the Warnell neighborhood to Brewton Acres in northern Bryan County. Discussions about these plans are ongoing.
“We would like to have a bike lane and pedestrian lane throughout Bryan County,” said Bryan County Commissioner Carter Infinger. “Right now we’re trying to get it together and work it out, talk about it and see how things are going to work out.”
No timeline has been set for approval or completion of the projects.
Effingham County considers the future of recreation
The Effingham County Board of Commissioners gives residents the privilege of directing the landscape of recreational activities for the future.
The committee will rely on input from the public before finalizing its Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which includes idea layouts for county-owned parks and boat docks.
Dates for hearings have not yet been set, but County Manager Tim Callanan is urging residents to keep an eye out for the announcement.
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Renovations are already underway across the county. Veterans Park will get restrooms, the Clarence Morgan Complex will be upgraded and the Sand Hill Complex will be prepared for a major renovation.
“Every park will be affected by the SPLOST,” he said. “In 2021, Effingham County voters voted to go ahead with a one percent SPLOST. It is expected to raise $80 million over six years and will also be used for other nationwide services including the court system, social services, administration and tax commissioner among others.”
Latrice Williams is a general duty reporter for Bryan and Effingham Counties. She can be reached at [email protected]