Braselton gets $100,000 to continue Riverwalk

BRASELTON - A $100,000 grant will allow Braselton to complete 1.7 miles of the Mulberry Park Riverwalk.

The grant, issued by the State Parks Recreational Trails Grants Program, pays more than a third of the estimated $275,000 cost to complete phase two of the riverwalk. Braselton's match will come from its general fund.

Initially, the 5.75-mile river corridor will undergo an environmental study to determine how endangered species, historic, archaeological and cultural resources might be impacted by construction and foot traffic.

Once that study is completed, workers will build a mulch trail from the parking lot on New Liberty Church Road south along the river to Ga. Highway 124 near Josh Pirkle Road ending near the future soccer fields.

"There is one more small phase planned that goes from the north end on phase one the other way along the river," said Jennifer Scott, Braselton's town manager. "Other phases, hopefully, will occur as we secure more property. We would like ultimately to be able to walk from downtown to the riverwalk."

The state grant is administered by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources under the Federal Recreational Trails program.