Porterdale gets grants for Yellow River Park project

PORTERDALE -- The city of Porterdale recently received two grants for the Yellow River Park Project.

The city received an approximately $111,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program to construct 2,600 feet of a 10-foot wide concrete trail; create a canoe/kayak/small boat launch; and for an entrance sign to the trailhead along with interpretive signs detailing the history of the Yellow River.

The grant is for $98,976, with a 20 percent match requirement. The city of Porterdale, the county, Newton County Trails/Path Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Porterdale, Yellow River Conservation and Preservation Club and Lafarge Aggregate are collaborating to provide a $12,500 cash match and in-kind donations totaling $26,800, which will bring the total amount of the grant and matching dollars to $138,276.

Also, "We just got the announcement last week that we were awarded a grant we were not expecting this year," said City Manager Bob Thomson, referring to a $190,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to acquire additional property alongside the river for the park. That grant requires a 50 percent match from the city, to be paid from SPLOST funds, Thomson said.

The Porterdale Yellow River Park project is envisioned as a way to link recreation areas in Newton and Rockdale counties via trails and the Yellow River.

Porterdale owns 27 acres along the Yellow River that it plans to develop as a park that will include walking and biking trails, the Historic Train Depot trail head, a nature trail along the river, ballfields, picnic areas and a boat launch and landing area that will tie a planned blueway for canoeists, kayakers and rafters along the river to the Georgia International Horse Park in Conyers. Also included is the Turkey Creek/Yellow River trail that is planned by Newton County to connect the Yellow River Park to Turner Lake in Covington.

Last year, the project was awarded a Transportation Enhancements program grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation and last fall was selected by the U.S. National Park Service for a technical assistance grant during 2012. Work on the GDOT-funded project elements is scheduled to begin this summer, to include enhancements to the Depot and a paved trail from Broad Street to the Depot and on to the existing loop trail built by Newton Trails in 2006.

Editor Alice Queen contributed to this story.


dennistay53 3 years, 6 months ago

This is good that Porterdale is getting these grants but i would caution them to what property along the Yellow River they choose to buy. There is a standing order with the Ga EPD- Order number EPD SW 2249 where asbestoes material was dumped along the yellow River south of I-20 and North of Porterdale. This material was dumped in 2008 and still remain to this day. Newton county has full knowledge of this so you may want to check with them before buying any property in this area. Mrs Tatum ran several articles on this during 2008. Although i have given up all hope of it ever being cleaned up i believe i owe it to potential hikers and citizens who might walk this area in the future. I have already sold some land downstream from this area to Newton County at their offering. This property was not where the dumping occured but may have been effected by wash down from the 2009 floods. The county attorney is well aware of this property because his name was on the check that paid me for that property.


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