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Old Dougherty County golf course to become green space

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An aerial map of the proposed plan to connect former golf cart paths to complete hiking trails, with potential shelters along the proposed routes An aerial map of the proposed plan to connect former golf cart paths to complete hiking trails, with potential shelters along the proposed routes
Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Board of Commissioners Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Board of Commissioners
Open space in the former Radium Springs Golf Course Open space in the former Radium Springs Golf Course
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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A former Dougherty County golf course could soon become a public park with horse riding and hiking trails. 

Monday,  Dougherty County leaders unanimously approved plans to turn the old Radium Springs Golf Course into a public green space.  The Citizens Green Space Advisory Committee purchased the 200-acre property for roughly $800,000 in 2008. 

Planners say improving the existing space with connected trails, shelters and observation decks could attract eco-tourists. 

"Anyone in Dougherty County that's been to this particular site has had to walk away going, 'Wow!  I can't believe this.'  But it's a beautiful place to go," said Chairman Jeff Sinyard, Dougherty County Board of Commissioners.  "It's gonna be there for generations to come for our children.  It's the right thing to do."

Planners will now evaluate how to utilize old golf cart paths and where to install trails.

The Dougherty County Public Works department is slated to perform most of the work.  They're working with planners and are expected to present estimates to commissioners by next summer.  

 

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