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JAN-FEB 2019

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10 COBB LIFE | JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 Hay TRAILS T O Y O U CONNECTING NEIGHBORHOODS, PUBLIC ART AND PEDESTRIANS, THE MOUNTAIN TO RIVER TRAIL IS MARIETTA'S OWN VERSION OF THE BELTLINE STORY BY KATY RUTH CAMP PHOTO GR APHY BY HADLEY(S) PHOTOGRAPHY I n 2017 and early 2018, a strange thing started happening near the Marietta Square. As nearby residents and shop owners would shut and open their front doors, construction workers were already hard at work, snaking through the city, pouring some sort of white substance on the ground. e width of the creation was too small to just be a sidewalk, but not large enough to be a new road. No, this wasn't a road and it wasn't a sidewalk. Well, not just any sidewalk, anyway. It was the final stages of the Mountain to River Trail, a walkable, bikeable, dog-friendly, anything-on- wheels-without-a-motor-friendly, giant sidewalk. e 13.5-mile Mountain to River Trail system is designed to stretch from Kennesaw Mountain to the Chattahoochee River, using trails built by the city, the county and the Cumberland Community Improvement District. 2019 Miss Cobb County Alexa Gilomen goes for a jog along the Mountain to River Trail. Pictured is the portion of the trail that runs along the pedestrian bridge over North Marietta Parkway, near the Brumby Los. NEXT PAGE TOP Murals along the Mountain to River Trail, such as these behind Park West Vintage, emerged during last year's Trailfest. NEXT PAGE MIDDLE e trail extends into Brown Park. NEXT PAGE BOTTOM e City of Marietta built a pedestrian bridge over South Marietta Parkway, here, to connect the trail.

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