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25 August 2014

Happy Trails

Written by Calvin W. Moss

Cherokee County and its municipalities are among the safest in Georgia. Yet, recent events have raised awareness of safety, particularly on the trails in metro Atlanta. In Woodstock alone, cyclists from across the state bike more than 60,000 miles every month on trails in parks and throughout the city. With continued growth come both challenge and opportunity.

Woodstock's trail system began with the vision of the Woodstock Mayor and City Council in 2007. With significant input from residents, business owners, and others, the resulting Greenprints Project master plan was formally adopted as part of the Comprehensive Town Plan 2030. The plan calls for a 60-plus-mile trail and open-space network throughout the city and surrounding areas. With construction under way or set to begin over the next year on the WellStar Community Health Trail at Woodstock Elementary School, the Rubes Creek Trail, Towne Lake Pass Trail, and the Community Health Trail at Dupree Park, our community will continue to grow as a destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

The trail system is routinely patrolled by Woodstock Police, Fire, and Parks & Recreation employees. We recognize, however, that community engagement, creative problem solving, and effective partnerships hold the key to enduring improvements in public safety and the quality of life in our community.

To further augment safety on the trail, the City, in partnership with Greenprints Alliance and the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association of Woodstock (SORBA), has developed a Trail Watch program comprised of community volunteers trained in trail safety, basic first-aid, and CPR. These identifiable volunteers observe and document trail-safety issues, provide a positive presence on the trails, serve as additional eyes and ears throughout the system, and promote safety reminders, such as:

Know operating hours (dawn to dusk) and regulations for use.
When possible, use the buddy system and be sure someone knows where you are.
Use routes most frequently used by others.
Take a cell phone and know your location at all times.
Be alert for suspicious activity and immediately report it to 911.
If using headphones, keep the volume such that you can hear others around you.
If driving to the trail, don't leave valuables visible in your vehicle.

Woodstock trails have a lot to offer. I encourage you to explore the City of Woodstock's website (WoodstockGa.gov) to learn more about them. You also can stay connected by following us on Facebook, Nation of Neighbors, Nixle, and Twitter. For more information on the Trail Watch Program or to volunteer, call 770-517-6788.

Remember, a vigilant community is a safe community. Be safe, and happy trails!

Calvin W. Moss is Chief of Police for Woodstock Police Dept. 770-592-6012, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

01 August 2014

Grant Will Bring Gateway to Woodstock

Written by Jessica Guinn, AICP

In 2002, the City of Woodstock was awarded a grant through the Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program to fund a planning effort to revitalize Downtown Woodstock. Through this planning initiative, residents and businesses came together to envision a vibrant, walkable town center, and the course toward realizing that vision was set. As a result of this intense planning process, today's residents and visitors enjoy an active and award-winning downtown area, with a variety of housing options, world-class dining experiences, specialty shops, and a character that is uniquely Woodstock.

This past January, City of Woodstock leaders received exciting news that Woodstock was selected as a recipient of another LCI grant; as a result, a new planning process is under way to enhance the Highway 92 gateway into our city! A consultant team led by The Sizemore Group, an Atlanta-based architecture and planning firm, has been engaged to guide the process and set forth a new plan for the Highway 92 corridor from I-575 to Main Street.

Through the coming months, the consultant team will examine existing conditions in the area, including transportation and mobility issues, planning and urban design features, and market demand. Additionally, Mayor Donnie Henriques and the Woodstock City Council, City staff, and the consultant team will collaborate with residents, business proprietors, property owners, and other stakeholders through an extensive public outreach effort to identify the vision and future needs for this critical gateway into Woodstock. When the information stage of the project concludes in late 2014, Woodstock will have a comprehensive plan for Highway 92, with clearly defined goals, objectives, and a step-by-step action plan to guide future development, infrastructure improvements, and policy initiatives.

Downtown Woodstock is a spectacular example of what can happen when residents, businesses, and local leaders come together with a shared goal of creating something special. Now, we have a tremendous opportunity to expand the success of downtown to Highway 92 and to establish a gateway into Woodstock that is inviting and truly reflective of our dynamic community!

More information about the project and the public kickoff meeting, planned for mid-August, is forthcoming. Check the City of Woodstock website, WoodstockGa.gov, for project updates. Also, "like" Woodstock Planning on Facebook to find out more about how you can be involved!

 

22 May 2014

Public Safety

Written by Tessa Basford

For me, public safety is the most important service that the City of Woodstock provides, and it is consistently provided with excellence! In fact, I would say the City of Woodstock is the professional home to some of the state's finest public safety professionals. Public safety is not limited to the police and fire departments, however. Public safety is paramount in all of the jobs that are done in our city, and is the foundation of Woodstock’s success in recent years.

01 January 2014

Happy New Year

Written by Mayor Donnie Henriques

I can’t believe it’s already here: the mid-point in the “kid year.” The time when all of us, young and seasoned, dread the holidays ending and going back to work or school.
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