Program Summaries

"Big Creek Greenway"

Matthew gave our group a thorough overview of Forsyth County's process in building a greenway (a linear park, usually composed of woods and wetlands with a 4-ft. easement). Big Creek Greenway, begun in 2005 with funds from a federal grant, is a 12-ft. wide concrete and boardwalk path meandering through woods along Big Creek - offering an ideal setting for walking, jogging, biking and inline skating. The four completed phases covering 9.6 miles begins at McFarland Parkway and ends at Kelly Mill Road. 

The presentation at our October 10 club meeting included slides of several sections along the Greenway and many answers to member's questions, particularly as it affected residential areas. 

  • Agreements are made with land owners, or existing easements for power lines and other utilities are used.
  • Parking lots for greenway access are unpaved because of cost and water runoff drainage issues.
  • Additional funds come from the 1% county sales tax or bonds.
  • The Greenway will connect with existing county parks, but will not actually go through them.
  • Areas along the Greenway are maintained by a special crew that keeps the walk free of litter and debris.

Upcoming November Program - "Healing Gardens"

Marguerite will focus on the physical, cultural and psychological influences of garden design, emphasizing gardens for healing. The program will be presented on Tuesday, November 14 in the Fireside Room of Cumming Baptist Church, 115 Church Street, Cumming, GA. The meeting will start at 10:00 a.m.

Calendar

Pond at Home of Sherry Brownlee

October 2017

  • October 10:  Club Meeting "Big Creek Greenway" . . . Cumming Baptist Church
  • October 19:   Field Trip . . . Scottsdale Farms, Alpharetta
  • October 25:  Laurel District Meeting . . . Cartersville, GA

November 2017

  • November 14:  Club Meeting "Healing Gardens" . . . Cumming Baptist Church
  • November 13-14:  Plant America Symposium . . . Athens, GA

December 2017

  • December 12:  Club Meeting "Holiday Luncheon and Sweets Exchange" . . . Tam's Backstage, Cumming