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.
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Nov. 14, 2021 - PRLog -- (SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah's Police Memorial Trail will officially reopen on Monday, November 29. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 11:30 a.m. at the trailhead on the corner of Kerry St. and Dixie Ave., where City and County officials will gather with the Tide to Town (https://tidetotown.org/) board and members of the community to celebrate the conclusion of the five-year renovation effort.

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/) allocated nearly $600,000 for the project.

Additionally supported by the YMCA of Coastal Georgia (https://ymcaofcoastalga.org/) and Healthy Savannah (https://healthysavannah.org/) through funding from the Centers for Disease Control's Racial & Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, the system will eventually become a protected network of walking and biking trails that will span more than 30 miles, linking 62 of Savannah's neighborhoods, 30 schools, hospitals, universities, waterways and recreational areas and creating activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations.

Development of the trail system was spurred by Savannah's Strategic Plan (https://www.savannahga.gov/2468/Savannah-Forward-Strategi...), which states, "By 2023, 75 percent of neighborhoods [will be] connected to walking and biking infrastructure." A 2018 survey by Chatham Parks and Recreation (https://parks.chathamcountyga.gov/) additionally found that among the most desired community improvements were paved trails and paths.

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/) is complete from Lake Mayer to Jenkins High School, along with the Police Memorial Trail from 52nd & Bee Rd. to Kerry St.

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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