County considering contributing to East Coast Greenway | Local News

Glynn County may be a step closer to adding it’s portion to the 2,900-mile East Coast Greenway, which the Greenway Alliance hopes will eventually stretch unbroken from Maine to Florida.

The Greenway has been in the works since 1991 with the first sections, located in New England, being designated in 1996. So far, Georgia counties have contributed 10.9 miles of trails along its 100-mile shoreline to the greenway, with the city of Brunswick designating 0.3 miles of trail. Those biking the remaining 89.1 miles of the coast will be using regular roads.

Brunswick already has plans for running its part of the Greenway along U.S. Highway 17 and across the Sidney Lanier Bridge, City Commissioner Julie Martin said.

Not much has been going on in terms of adding bike trails onto the Greenway in the county. It already runs along regular roads, but many communities up and down the coast have used the Greenway as an opportunity to expand their options for outdoor activities and alternate forms of transportation.

The Glynn County Commission may be ready to become one of those communities after hearing a presentation on the Greenway from former St. Simons Land Trust Executive Director Ben Slade at a meeting on Tuesday. Slade requested that the commission agree to three things, two of which commissioners asked to have included in the next meeting’s agenda.

Slade’s first request was for the commission to endorse the idea of moving forward with the Greenway program. The second was to update the master trail plan for St. Simons Island with input from the land trust and the Atlanta-based PATHS Foundation. The foundation has, so far, facilitated the construction of more than 250 miles of walking and biking trails.

Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau President Scott McQuade weighed in on the Greenway Tuesday, saying the economic…

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