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By LeiLani Golden - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The city of Thomasville hopes to boost tourism and the economy by building a new walking and biking trail.

It would connect historic landmarks and make it easier for visitors to see the best sites in the city.

The city of Thomasville is making it easier for people to get out and see the sites. Master plans are underway for a project tentatively named "The Thomasville Community Landmarks Multi-Use Trail."

"This provides a great recreational access to a number of parks for residents as well as visitors to see the many historic districts in Thomasville," says City Planner Lee Chastain.

Lee Chastain is heading up development on the multi-use trail project.

"Multi use just means a variety of users, from mothers with strollers to bicyclists to walkers and joggers, continued Chasten. "The trail is a ten foot path that would accommodate two-way traffic."

Chastain says the trail has been in the works for years.

"In Thomasville right now there is only one small trail that encircles Cherokee Lake that's widely used. So the popularity of that coupled with the fact that there are very limited number of multi-use trails in southwest Georgia as a whole created the opportunity for this study and implementation once we have the dollars to construct it."

The proposed trail is five miles long and will connect all of Thomasville's parks to its historic districts.

It will take years to complete but is expected to benefit Thomasville's tourism and economy.

"We have one of the largest concentrations of historic districts in the entire state. So using that as a tourism opportunity creates economic development opportunities."

Expected economic opportunities include new jobs created during the trails construction and better business for anyone located on the path.

The trail is expected to be completed in five phases over the next five years.

 

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