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Parks commission to consider plan to join trails

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Connecting two of the city’s walking and biking trails might take a step closer to reality when the Roswell Parks and Recreation Commission meets Monday.

The commission will consider recommending one of four options to connect the Spring River Trail and the trails at Cielo Grande Recreation Area when it meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Parks Administration Office, 1101 W. Fourth Street.

The public is encouraged to attend the meeting electronically through GoToMeeting virtual meeting software.

By computer, tablet or smartphone, the meeting can be joined at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/349450125. To join by phone, call 571-317-3112 and use access code 349-450-125.

The commission discussed several options to connect the trails at its May meeting, but took no action.

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Option 1 would create a connection from Cielo Grande’s southwest side and follow an old runway on the Old Municipal Airport grounds west toward Sycamore Drive, then meet up with the end of the trail at the J. Kenneth Smith Bird Sanctuary and Nature Center. That trail continues through the sanctuary and connects with the Spring River Trail.

Option 2 would follow the old runway for about 1,000 feet, then cross to the south side of Eighth Street adjacent to the Nancy Lopez Golf Course at Spring River to the bird sanctuary trail.

Those two options were the most favored at the May commission meeting.

A third option using the alley between Wyoming Avenue and the golf course has been previously discussed by the city, but Jim Burress, special services director for the city, told the commission last month the city is no longer considering that option.

Residents on Wyoming Avenue objected to that plan, citing concerns about loss of privacy and vehicle access to their property as well as increasing crime.

A fourth option would construct a new sidewalk on Montana Avenue south from Eighth Street to the Spring River Trail at Cahoon Park, near the tennis courts.

If the commission approves a recommendation, it will then go to the city’s General Services Committee.

The commission will also discuss several topics as non-action items Monday.

Burress will discuss creating a memorandum of understanding with the Roswell Independent School District for the two entities to use each other’s facilities, such as tennis courts and soccer fields.

He will also give an update on the status of the all-inclusive park to be built at Cielo Grande.

The commission will also discuss a vacancy on the commission and hear reports from the city’s recreation and parks departments, the Aquatic Center and Spring River Zoo.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.