Dunwoody breaks ground on new trailway

Dunwoody city officials broke ground on the Ashford Dunwoody Path on March 14 – the city’s next project in the Dunwoody Trailway plan.

The new pathway will connect different portions of Dunwoody to Perimeter Marketplace via new and improved walking and cycling lanes, according to Linton.

“To picture what’s coming, all you have to do is look at the path in front of the Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar along Ashford Dunwoody Road,” stated Dunwoody City Manager Eric Linton. “The developer built the path as part of its rezoning agreement. Phase [one] of the city’s project will extend this path south toward I-285 at Hammond Drive, and future phases will connect north to the recently completed section in front of Perimeter Marketplace between Ashwood Parkway and Meadow Lane Road. This section was also built by the developer.”

Linton added that the first phase of the project includes a two-way, raised bicycle path (also known as a cycle track), a wider sidewalk, new pedestrian streetlights, and landscaping along Ashford Dunwoody Road in front of Perimeter Mall from Hammond Drive north to Perimeter Center West, connecting with the section in front of Lazy Dog.

The cycle track will be separated from the roadway by a wide landscape buffer, according to Linton. He added that most of the existing trees will be retained and “new oak trees will be planted to replace the oak trees that require removal for the project.”

The pathway also aligns with the feedback city officials said they received from the Dunwoody Edge City 2.0 report. After the report was released to the community, Linton said, “As we look out over the next 20 years, we’ll look to activate Dunwoody’s Perimeter Center with connected greenspace, mobility enhancements, and entertainment options for residents, area workers, and visitors to enjoy.”

According to Linton, the efforts require a public-private partnership.

“We’ve worked closely with Brookfield Properties, which owns Perimeter Mall, to negotiate easements and right-of-way. Most of the $1.5 million construction cost will be split 50/50 between the city and PCIDs. Decorative pavers, posts, benches, and trash cans will be fully funded by PCIDs. The city’s share of the cost will be funded through hotel/motel taxes,” he said.

Linton added that the project is included in Dunwoody’s transportation plan and has been split into phases for funding purposes. Phase two of the project will extend the path to Mt. Vernon Road, but city officials said they are still developing a timeline for future phases.

Linton said the new pathway is closely connected to Two Bridges Park – Perimeter Center’s first park, which city officials said they will set a date to cut the ribbon on soon.

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