Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Brook Run Park Multi-Use Trail Construction Update

By City of Dunwoody

Brook Run Park Multi-Use Trail Construction Update

In an effort to update the public on construction progress, the City prepared a recap of recent activity on the multi-use trail project at Brook Run Park. As construction progresses on the planned multi-use trail, the City will continue to provide periodic updates to the public.

Over the past two weeks general tree clearing has been done on site and the City anticipates crews will begin trail grading and leveling work early next week. City inspectors maintain daily site monitoring activity and construction efforts. Following the trail grading and leveling, crews will begin final preparations for installation of the multi-use concrete trail.

The City has now prepared the site, installed silt fencing along the bounds of construction, and completed tree clearing within the construction limits. All of the trees which were cleared have been mulched to provide for an environmentally friendly barrier between the silt fence to prevent further runoff and for future landscaping in and around the trail after completion.

A post-clearing assessment indicated the City removed only the trees previously identified in the construction plans approved to be removed. Although the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) approved plan allows for removal of all 337 trees within the trail construction limits, modifications by the City of Dunwoody helped preserve approximately 25 percent (or 80) of the 337 trees originally identified for removal in the plan. Select trees within the trail construction limits originally slated for removal are now protected by “tree save” fencing. The City will attempt to save these trees throughout the construction of the trail.

The City is stringently adhering to all EPD requirements regarding erosion, sedimentation and pollution control. On March 1, a Georgia EPD representative visited the site to inspect the erosion and sedimentation control measures installed by the City. The City was deemed in compliance with state regulations and the City will continue to rigorously maintain the site to remain in compliance with the Georgia EPD.

Although it does not meet the definition or characteristics of an old growth forest, Brook Run Park remains the largest park in Dunwoody with a total of 102 acres and an estimated 60 acres of wooded park space, including an estimated 12,000 trees. The pre-construction trail assessment determined phase one of the multi-use trail would only affect approximately two percent of the trees in the park.

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