Pine Log trail opens

CONYERS - Rockdale County officials laced up their sneakers Friday to officially open the walking path at Pine Log Park.

Though the asphalt path is only about a half-mile long, park officials believed residents will get plenty of use from the park's latest feature. A mile-long path installed last year at Johnson Park has been well received, they said.

Rockdale County Board of Commissioners Chairman Roy Middlebrooks said he appreciated that all the work on the new trail was done in cooperation between the county's Public Works, Parks and Recreation and Capital and Community Improvements departments.

Middlebrooks said because the work was completed in-house rather than contracted out, the county was able to save some money.

The Johnson Park walking path cost $60,000 to install. The Pine Log trail is estimated to eventually cost about $20,000 once billing for asphalt is finalized.

The walking paths at both parks were funded though county impact fees, which are fees charged to developers as a way to help offset the impact of growth in the county and to pay for expansion of county services.

The county collected $329,234 in impact fees targeted for park improvements in 2006. Along with the walking paths at Pine Log and Johnson parks, $200,000 has been earmarked for local matching funds for the South River trail that is being partially funded by a federal transportation grant.

The county plans to install a walking path at the county's Parker Road property after a parks master plan is completed there, said Michael Smith, general manager of the Rockdale County Capital and Community Improvements Office.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.

SideBar: At a glance

· What: Pine Log Park

· Where: 1451 Pine Log Road, Conyers

· Hours: Open every day during daylight hours

· Amenities: Tennis courts, nature trail, fitness trail, picnic pavilion with restrooms, basketball court, playgrounds, picnic tables, grills

· More information: Call 770-761-3058