is seeking public input by hosting a "visioning event" to decide how to connect and Taylor-Johnson Nature Preserve tonight at 6 p.m.
The gathering will be held in the gym of Haygood United Methodist Church, 1015 E. Rock Springs Road NE, for a "map making session."
According to Sally Sears, Executive Director of the South Fork Conservancy and chair of the visioning steering committee, results from Tuesday's session will be refined at two final community meetings June 5 and July 10.
Sears encourages everyone to come with "park pride" by bringing maps, markers and an "even handed leadership role."
Neighbors at April's community meeting came up with a long wish list, Sears said. The complex job of steering trails along some neglected and some very public greenspaces brings ideas that complement and sometimes compete with the South Fork vision.
Some of the wished-for ideas include:
Low impact trails
Sidewalks on Briarcliff to reroute access to Johnson Taylor
Stream bank restoration
Preserve adjacent privacy
Identify adjacent trail heads
Locate them in/near public/commercial parking facilities
Build virtual community along the watershed with designated website that facilitates discussion
Address flood/water issues along creek
Address pollution and garbage
Develop wildlife habitat
Increased respect of wildlife
Dog park(s) in designated area(s) to reduce off-leash
No increased usage by people
Partnership/participation in sewer improvement decisions
Closed trash cans/composting to prevent animal access
Rule enforcement via law officers
Keep it wild
Answers to security issue
Address sewage issues
Peachtree Creek, referred to as the "spine" of early Atlanta, mostly lies hidden from today's Atlantans. The South Fork Conservancy wants to claim the historic creek, most of which is now hidden under bridges, pavement, culverts and invasive plants.