National Recreation Area adding land in Forsyth County | Georgia News


CUMMING, Ga. (AP) — The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area added a park in fast-growing Forsyth County after the National Park Service acquired a parcel earlier purchased by the Trust for Public Land.

The land will be part of the Bowmans Island unit of the recreation area, which stretches along the Chattahoochee River in metro Atlanta, adding places for hiking, fishing and other activities.

Kent Whitehead, the trust’s senior project manager, said the trust paid $2.5 million for the 20 acres (8 hectares) when it was purchased in 2017.

The National Park Service purchased the land from the trust using congressionally designated money from federal oil and gas drilling revenues.

The land sits upstream from a separate 18.5-acre piece of land the trust bought in 2018. Whitehead said the trust hopes to one day buy a small piece of land between the two larger plots to connect all the land.

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The trust has been working to purchase land within designated recreation area boundaries since the 1990s. Over 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of parkland have been acquired by various groups over time. More than 3 million people a year visit the recreation area.

George Dusenbury, the trust’s Georgia director, said the purchase helps create a 100-mile greenway along the Chattahoochee spanning seven metro Atlanta counties.

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