Dunwoody city officials plan to officially open to the public the first phase of the new, multi-use trail through Brook Run Park in August, the city’s parks manager told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association on July 14.

The controversial trail’s first phase now is about 95 percent complete, city parks and recreation manager Brent Walker said. Contractors still need to paint a center stripe on the trail and add other finishing touches, he told the DHA board.

Walker told the DHA members he hoped construction of the second phase of the trial could be completed by next spring or summer.

The completed trail, he said, will “activate this park.”

“Most people who go to the park don’t go past the skate park, unless they go to the dog park or the community garden,” he said. “What this project is going to do is activate all the rest of that space.”

The trail eventually will connect with trails to be built in the city’s Project Renaissance redevelopment in the Georgetown area of the city, Walker said. The completed network, he said, will allow residents to walk or bike the trail from Peeler to Chamblee-Dunwoody roads.

The city’s plan for the Brook Run portion of the trail has drawn criticism from residents who said it required the removal of too many trees and could create problems with flooding of nearby neighborhoods.

City officials say they have removed about 230 trees to make room for the trail and that they plan to hire Trees Atlanta, a nonprofit, to plant 300 trees in city parks to replace the trees that were removed. They also deny that the trail will create flooding problems.

Joe Earle

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