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Flint River Trail master plan unveiled

The first part of the trail will run from Tift Park to Sasser. (Source: WALB) The first part of the trail will run from Tift Park to Sasser. (Source: WALB)
Paul Forgey is the planning, development services and code enforcement director for the city of Albany and Dougherty County. (Source: WALB) Paul Forgey is the planning, development services and code enforcement director for the city of Albany and Dougherty County. (Source: WALB)
Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said the trails will bring tourists. (Source: WALB) Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said the trails will bring tourists. (Source: WALB)
The plan will take 10 to 20 years to complete. (Source: WALB) The plan will take 10 to 20 years to complete. (Source: WALB)
Krystal Pickett is an Albany resident. (Source: WALB) Krystal Pickett is an Albany resident. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Expanding the popular Flint River Walk through the community and even outside Albany's borders is one step closer to becoming a reality. 

On Tuesday community leaders unveiled their master plan for the flint river recreational trail. 

Overall the project is going to cost close to 27 million dollars.

Depending on funding it could take between 10 and 20 years to complete.

Whether it's a casual walk for enjoyment or exercise, folks use the flint river walk on a daily basis. 

It's not as extensive as recreational trails in many cities around the country, but there are plans to change that. 

"This thing could change, will change Albany for the better," Paul Forgey, planning, development services and code enforcement director for the city of Albany and Dougherty County said. 

He presented the master plans for the Flint River trail to city and county leaders Tuesday afternoon. 

"It will make people want to move here, it will make people want to stay here, it will make businesses want to locate here," said Forgey. 

The plan would allow you to walk, run or even ride your bike from Albany State University, to downtown Albany and riverfront park, to all of the walking trails here Chehaw Park. 

"What I envision is that we will have different kinds of businesses, small businesses on different parts of the trail," Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard said.

Albany's mayor Dorothy Hubbard believes the trail will give Albany an economic and tourism boom as well as bring the community together. 

"What I'm hoping is that once we've gotten at least a part of this done we will be able to get groups together to walk and run," said Hubbard. 

Albany residents agree.

Krystal Pickett said a trail will help bridge the community together, literally. 

"We all want to bring the attractions. We all want the benefit of the community. We all want the young people that are growing up to have something to look forward to," said Pickett.

The first part of the new trail will stretch 14 miles from Tift Park all the way to Sasser. 

That will be completed by 2020. 

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