Mar 22, 2024 - Water

Chattahoochee RiverLands gets funding $3 million funding boost

A rendering of people in a tree-filled park near a trailhead plaza filled with public art

Rendering: Courtesy of Chattahoochee RiverLands

A bold vision to create a 100-mile linear park along the Chattahoochee River is $3 million closer to becoming a reality.

Why it matters: The Trust for Public Land's Chattahoochee RiverLands project aims to increase access and protect the metro Atlanta river from Buford Dam to Newnan.

How it works: The funding award comes from Georgia's Outdoor Stewardship Program, a voter-approved state fund that offers grants to cities, counties and nonprofits to build parks and protect wildlife habitats.

  • The program is funded by tax revenue from the sale of outdoor equipment like fishing rods, kayaks and other recreational equipment.

Zoom in: RiverLands and Cobb County will use the funding to build out Gateway Park, the project's regional trailhead. Plans call for a kayak launch, boat ramp, bathrooms and parking area.

  • The 12-acre park will also include a link to the Silver Comet Trail. It is expected to open in 2026, TPL said in a statement.

Zoom out: A number of coastal Georgia projects made the $20.6 million list approved Thursday by state lawmakers.

  • They include a Jekyll Island wildlife corridor and park on retired golf course holes ($1.6 million), habitat restoration projects ($629,500) and a 3,900-acre expansion of a wildlife management area near Cumberland Island ($2.1 million).
An aerial rendering of the proposed regional trailhead park along the river with planned bike paths marked in yellow
Rendering: Courtesy of Chattahoochee RiverLands
A rendering of people enjoying a landscaped tree-filled park in the autumn or golden hour
Rendering: Courtesy of Chattahoochee RiverLands
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