The Town of Fort Mill has hired an engineering firm to create a Trail Master Plan that would connect existing trails and potential ones with roads, parks, schools and other places of interest.
Fort Mill Mayor Guynn Savage said the plan will help establish Fort Mill as a trail-friendly community. The town is seeking public input through an online survey.
“Trail systems offer outdoor experiences and health benefits to people of all ages and abilities. We are honored to have experienced, proven and creative partners to work with on this project. This vision will enhance the quality of life our community embodies,” the mayor said in a press release.
The town has hired engineering consulting firm McAdams to conduct research and gather public input for the master plan. The consultant will first examine existing trails and identify whether they can be enhanced, while also identifying locations for future trails.
“Studies like this serve as a blueprint to advancing the vision of an interconnected regional trail network. A thoughtful plan that is supported by the residents legitimizes the initiative and places the community in a competitive position to garner resources for implementation,” said Bret Baronak with the Carolina Thread Trail and a member of the Trail Master Plan steering committee.
Joe Romenick, with the Fort Mill School District and also a committee member, said the plan offers several unique benefits to the school district and community.
“The preservation of the Carolina Thread Trail offers our students educational opportunities including nature studies, field trips and outdoor activities. By persevering natural trails, the district and the community benefit from the undeveloped areas and green spaces,” Romenick said. “This plan ensures these areas will remain for the future.”
John Gordon, with the Anne Springs Close Greenway, agreed on the importance of the plan.
“The (Greenway) is excited about the opportunity to be involved with the Town Master Plan for trails and will be willing to help in any way appropriate. Connectivity is something we will all benefit from in our community,” Gordon said.
Residents can weigh in on changes to existing trails and suggest possible additions to the trail system by taking an online survey at https://publicinput.com/fortmilltrailplan. The survey will be open until Nov. 30. A public workshop is also tentatively planned for early 2023.
For more information, please visit the Town of Fort Mill’s website at www.fortmillsc.gov/TrailMasterPlan.