BRISTOL, Tenn. - As the temperatures go up, more people are heading outdoors.
Bristol, Tennessee is taking advantage of this good weather to launch a look into expansion of trails and greenways.
The Community Development and Parks and Recreation departments are working together on this.
They're already hearing from hundreds of residents who are helping them decide where trails should be expanded.
They hope to connect the city in new ways.
"It's how do you connect the places and the people and there's a lot of different ways to do that. 6hat's what we are trying to do with this plan," said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation in Bristol, Tennessee.
They'll start with existing trails.
"You look at the map and there's this big green park right in the middle of it. Steele Creek, whether it's the back door of Rooster Front or the front door, that's going to play into it," said Napier.
Some residents are thrilled.
"I think it's a great idea because I run here all the way down to the dam and back. I would like to be able to have new areas to see because I love the scenery," said Lisa Trinkle, a frequent user of Bristol's trails and greenways.
"Very excited because any additional trails is a plus! It's a great resource for the community, I enjoy the exercise very, very much. this area is known for its outdoors," said Cheri Tullis, another user of the trails and greenways.
Planning committee members hope the community will play a large role in the planning process.
"We want the citizens input because they're the ones who are going to end up using the trails. and so knowing what they know or what they want is going to be very helpful," said Brian Rose, Bristol, Tennessee Director of Community Development.
The plan is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.
There will be a public meeting at the Slater Center cafeteria June 23rd for the community to give input.
There's a survey already available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TrailsandGreenways.
Community development officials says they've already received close to 500 responses through the survey.
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