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Police Memorial Trail Reopens in Savannah, Helping Link Daffin Park to Lake Mayer
Chatham/Savannah's Tide to Town urban trail system is supported by the REACH grant, administered by Healthy Savannah and YMCA of Coastal Georgia.
Extending from Kerry St. to near the corner of 52nd St. and Bee Rd., the Police Memorial Trail was originally constructed by Chatham County in the 1990s but had been closed and awaiting repairs since 2016 after being damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The City of Savannah (https://www.savannahga.gov/)
Additionally supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia (https://ymcaofcoastalga.org/)
Development of the trail system was spurred by Savannah's Strategic Plan (https://www.savannahga.gov/
The nonprofit organization Friends of Tide to Town is coordinating public and private efforts to complete the urban trail system. As of right now, Phase 2A of the section known as Truman Linear Park Trail (https://trumanlinearparktrail.com/)
In making a case for funding an urban trail system with REACH grant dollars intended to reduce health inequities experienced by Black residents in low-wealth neighborhoods, Healthy Savannah and the Y have recently collected observational data that show Black and white residents use the trail in nearly equal numbers.
Friends of Tide to Town hopes the next phase known as Truman Linear Park Trail Phase 2B, will begin construction in summer 2022 and connect the two existing trail segments. Upcoming phases of Tide to Town will include the west side of Savannah through the developing Canal District, and on the south side of Savannah along Middleground Road. For more details, visit https://tidetotown.org/
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