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NEWTON COUNTY, GA - The Newton County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the Newton Trail-Path Foundation to pave a portion of the Cricket Frog Trail during its Regular Meeting Tuesday, Oct. 15.
The Cricket Frog Trail is a 14.9-mile trail stretching through central Newton County on what was previously a Central of Georgia Railroad line. Newton Trails signed a long-term lease in 2016 to develop and use the rail corridor as a public access area.
Currently, a .65-mile portion of the trail from Elm Street to Conyers Street in Covington is paved. There is a little more than nine miles of the Cricket Frog Trail in unincorporated Newton County.
The Board of Commissioners agreed to use Impact Fees to pay for as much of the trail as the $370,000 will allow. Impact Fees are fees paid for by builders who purchase a permit and are based on the impact of the development to the County’s infrastructure. The funds from the fees are then placed into certain buckets, including recreation, library and roads.
“I walk a portion of this trail every day,” District 1 Commissioner Stan Edwards said. “It’s great. When I ride by I see people getting on and off the trial all the time at Beaver Park.”
After the trail is paved, the Newton Trails organization will be responsible for all maintenance and operations.
The goal of the completed trail is to be a 17-mile multi-use trail connecting four municipalities within Newton County – Newborn, Mansfield, Covington and Porterdale.
“This trail will provide Newton County citizens with outstanding recreational opportunities for walkers, runners and bike riders,” said Newton Trails Board Chair Greg Richardson. “The trail will connect parks, Turner Lake Complex, Legion Field, schools, residential areas, senior living areas, government services and shopping areas. The Cricket Frog Trail will also draw in people and tax dollars from other communities.”
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