One of the biggest draws to Milton is its natural beauty. People love to explore the outdoors here. It's no wonder, then, that Milton residents have expressed an interest in finding more trails and pedestrian-friendly areas.
In June 2019, the Milton Trails Advisory Committee convened to update the Trail Plan and prioritize where and how trails should be in the city. Already, residents can enjoy walking the trails in Bell Memorial Park, Birmingham Park, and Providence Park, not to mention the growing network of sidewalks around Crabapple and Deerfield. But, especially as Milton continues to evolve, there was an interest in providing people with more options and a solid plan for them to come to fruition.
The Milton Trails Advisory Committee, consisting of 25 volunteers, met four times in addition to conducting field tours of potential sites in the Crabapple and Deerfield districts, as well as the Preserve at Lackey Road. The Trail Planning Process involved significant community input including three City Council briefings, three open house meetings to give an opportunity for Milton residents to give their feedback, four target group meetings attended by more than 80 Milton residents, and an online survey completed by more than 1000 respondents. All of these meetings and discussions culminated in this document -- the Milton Community Trail Prioritization Plan.
The Trails Advisory Committee focuses on these areas:
3) Birmingham Park
4) Preserve at Cooper Sandy*
5) Preserve at Lackey Road*
*These two greenspace properties have to yet to be officially named.
Among other things, the Plan takes into account areas of safety concern, equestrian design elements, and possible public art options.
City of Milton staff will present the draft plan to City Council in July 2020.