Thursday, March 6, 2008

DeKalb PATH trail halted until April 9

Posted By on Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 3:33 AM

PATH Three Forks Heritage Alliance Trail DeKalb

A DeKalb County judge today put the brakes on preliminary construction of a trail in Decatur that has raised the ire of residents who live near its planned site.

The PATH Foundation-built trail is poised to connect Mason Mill and Medlock Parks. Members of the Three Forks Heritage Alliance, a community activist group, have criticized the project for what they consider a lack of public input, and are concerned about the potential damage the trail may cause to the mature hardwood forest through which it would run.

According to a resident who lives nearby, tree-clearing work for the trail began on Willivee Place this morning at 7:15 a.m. Crews must first clear a path in order to reach the trail's future site deeper in the woods, along South Peachtree Creek.

Cutting continued throughout the day until Brian Daughdrill, an attorney for one of two parties involved in fighting the trail, successfully convinced a judge this afternoon to halt the work. A hearing is scheduled for April 9. Crews stopped working after they were served papers by Daughdrill and members of Three Forks Heritage Alliance.

Photos of the preliminary construction and trees tagged for removal appear after the jump.

(Photos by Thomas Wheatley)

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Looking from the construction entrance on Willivee Street toward Peachtree Creek, closer to where the trail is proposed.

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One of the trees tagged for removal in order to build the trail. The trail, which residents say will be in the form of a boardwalk, is planned to hug the white fence in the background of the above photo. The trail will cross South Peachtree Creek on a yet-to-be-built bridge.

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