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South Fork Conservancy Seeks Public Input

The event will adress how to connect Morningside Nature Preserve and Taylor-Johnson Nature Preserve.

South Fork Conservancy Seeks Public Input

is seeking public input by hosting a "visioning event" to decide how to connect and Taylor-Johnson Nature Preserve tonight at 6 p.m.

The gathering will be held in the gym of Haygood United Methodist Church, 1015 E. Rock Springs Road NE, for a "map making session."

According to Sally Sears, Executive Director of the South Fork Conservancy and chair of the visioning steering committee, results from Tuesday's session will be refined at two final community meetings June 5 and July 10. 

Sears encourages everyone to come with "park pride" by bringing maps, markers and an "even handed leadership role." 

Neighbors at April's community meeting came up with a long wish list, Sears said. The complex job of steering trails along some neglected and some very public greenspaces brings ideas that complement and sometimes compete with the South Fork vision.

Some of the wished-for ideas include: 

Low impact trails

Sidewalks on Briarcliff to reroute access to Johnson Taylor

Stream bank restoration

Preserve adjacent privacy

Identify adjacent trail heads

Locate them in/near public/commercial parking facilities

Build virtual community along the watershed with designated website that facilitates discussion

Address flood/water issues along creek

Address pollution and garbage

Develop wildlife habitat

Increased respect of wildlife

Dog park(s) in designated area(s) to reduce off-leash 

Ban Dogs

Ban Bikes

No increased usage by people

Partnership/participation in sewer improvement decisions

Closed trash cans/composting to prevent animal access

Rule enforcement via law officers

Trailheads 

Keep it wild

Answers to security issue

Address sewage issues

Peachtree Creek, referred to as the "spine" of early Atlanta, mostly lies hidden from today's Atlantans. The South Fork Conservancy wants to claim the historic creek, most of which is now hidden under bridges, pavement, culverts and invasive plants.

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