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Hapeville talks bike, walking paths
by Nneka Okona
nokona@neighbornewspapers.com
June 06, 2012 11:56 AM | 690 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two master plans are slowly making progress in Hapeville — the Bicycle and Pedestrian and Park Master plans.

No concrete plans have been made for either master plan as of yet, as the process is still in the data gathering phase.

On May 14, a community meeting was held to seek input from community members on what they would like both plans to include.

This meeting, according to city-hired consultant for the project Lee Walton, went well.

“Everyone seems to recognize that Hapeville is a small place geographically and what is needed are improvements,” he said.

“There were also a lot of comments about safety and the need to focus on safety.”

Both improvements and safety will be taken in consideration, said City Manager Bill Werner.

The reason, however, both plans are being currently pursued is to satisfy a need for connectivity in the community and a safer environment for residents to exercise, according to Werner.

“Health is tremendously important,” he said.

“The ability to walk is an exercise that people can do and it adds to the vitality of our community by providing amenities like that.”

City Planner Bill Johnston agreed.

“Both plans are consistent with a national focus on fitness and will encourage enjoyment of the outdoors,” he said.

The amount of funding allocated for each project differs, with the Bike and Pedestrian Plan’s allocation of $19,500 and the Parks Master Plan’s $10,000.

Data gathering for both master plans will continue for the next few months, said Johnston.
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