The second of three public meetings on the Laney Walker/Bethlehem Heritage Trail master plan will be held Monday June 9, 2014 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the banquet hall of Beulah Grove Baptist Church, located at 1434 Poplar Street, Augusta.
When completed, the Heritage Trail will be a cultural/historical/recreational set of pathways that will connect development areas within Laney Walker/Bethlehem to their contiguous neighbors, including the Medical District, Fifteenth Street, downtown Augusta, and the Riverfront.
The Heritage Trail master plan was launched with a town hall-style forum on March 17, with project management lead Cranston Engineering facilitating a community visioning session with neighborhood residents. “It was a great start to what we feel will eventually become one of the signature attractions in Augusta,” commented David Simoneau, senior project manager for Cranston. Simoneau noted that the June 9 meeting will be geared toward thinking broadly about how the trail will eventually look and what route(s) it might take. The planning process is slated to wrap up by mid-August, with the ensuing phase devoted to financing and construction.
The Heritage Trail Master Plan project is a collaborative effort to examine and understand the past and present of the Laney‐Walker and Bethlehem neighborhoods through historical research and community input; to determine the best possibilities for providing public access to the rich history of the area; and to present a master plan for the development of an interpretive trail that will encourage understanding and involvement in the community by local citizens and tourists.
Members of the Cranston team, including University of South Carolina historian Dr. Bobby Donaldson, representatives from Historic Augusta, and Davis Design Group, will be on hand to discuss information collected to date and gather additional input from the public into the history of the area. The project team would also like to hear ideas from the public on how the trail could best meet community needs and inform visitors about the area’s rich history and new beginnings. For more information, call 706.550.0908 or email.