The Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID) Board of Directors and Cobb County officials broke ground on an extension and new trailhead for the Bob Callan Trail on Monday, January 29. The extension will be a critical link in connecting the existing Bob Callan Trail to the trail along Bentley Road to Terrell Mill Road. Speakers for the groundbreaking included Cumberland CID Board Chair John Shern, Cumberland CID Executive Director Kim Menefee, Cobb County Commissioners Jerica Richardson and JoAnn Birrell, and Cobb County Department of Transportation Director (DOT) Drew Raessler.

“This groundbreaking showcases a remarkable partnership between the Atlanta Regional Commission, Cobb County, and the Cumberland CID,” said Board Chair John Shern. “Our commitment over the past 36 years is to make our community more accessible, more connected, and more vibrant. It is what we do, and this trail will be a critical piece in connecting the northern part of our District to the core of Cumberland.”

“This new trailhead and connection provide Cobb County with a beautiful new recreational amenity,” said Commissioner Jerica Richardson. “One of the best-kept secrets in our community is the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area (CRNRA) which features over 840 acres of national parkland and the pristine Chattahoochee River. For residents, it will be easy to hop on the Bob Callan Trail and explore and discover our natural assets.”

“This groundbreaking is a significant achievement for the region,” said Commissioner JoAnn Birrell. “A more connected Cobb County benefits everyone. I’m proud of the partnership between our entities to make this project happen as this extension will serve as a viable transportation option for the 84,000 jobs and 30,000 residents that are in the Cumberland area.”

The $7.4 million project, once complete, will connect nearly four miles of trails beginning at the Paces Mill/Palisades Unit to Terrell Mill Road. The new trailhead will be located at the northeast quadrant of the Windy Hill Road and Bentley Road intersection.

(From left to right: Stephen Gentry – Cumberland CID Board Member, Drew Raessler – Cobb DOT Director, Cobb Commissioner Jerica Richardson, Kim Menefee – Executive Director for Cumberland CID, John Shern – Cumberland CID Board Chair, Cobb Commissioner JoAnn Birrell, Dr. Jackie McMorris – Cobb County Manager, and Dana Johnson, Chief Operating Officer of Cobb Chamber of Commerce)

(Groundbreaking ceremony on January 29)

(Rendering the trail extension over Rottenwood Creek.)

(Rendering the trail extension over Rottenwood Creek.)

(Rendering of new trailhead at Windy Hill and Bentley Road intersection.)