The Town To Creek and Noonday Creek trails are under construction and the progress has finally reached the future site of Elm Street Cultural Arts Village.
The Town to Creek Trail, situated west of downtown, will run south from Market Street at its intersection with Elm Street and will connect with the Noonday Creek trail. That trail will then run south toward Highway 92 at Noonday Creek.
The trail will run west of Main Street and alongside the creek.
Elm Street said it was excited to see the construction finally reach where its future home will be situation.
“We are thrilled to see construction begin on the portion of the Greenprints Trail crossing in front of the Elm Street Cultural Arts Village,” said Colin Byrne, project director for the construction of Elm Street’s Cultural Arts Center.
The trails will connect Elm Street with downtown Woodstock, and the organization plans to have a concession stand and bike rack for users of the trail to "get refreshments and immerse themselves in the art and history of Woodstock," according to its press release.
"The completion of the Town to Creek Trail and our Cultural Arts Village promises to change Woodstock and Southern Cherokee for the better," Bryne added.
Elm Street Arts currently operates out of the Chambers at City Center in downtown Woodstock, but members of the Elm Street board of directors have been in the process of fundraising and remodeling the old Reeves home that sits on Elm Street.
The home and the land it sits on would be used as the permanent place for Elm Street Arts, and could feature a community theatre, visual arts center and green space. The trail would directly cross paths with the organization's future home.
The two trails are part of the city's Greenprints Trail initiative, which would create an expansive multi-use trail network throughout the city. The first portion of the trail, the Trestle Rock trail at Olde Rope Mill Park, is a paved half-mile portion that runs along Little River.
Along with the multi-use trails, the city also has its Taylor Randahl Memorial Mountain Bike Trails at the park, which encompass several miles of trails ranging from beginner to advanced use.
A not-for-profit organization, Greenprints Alliance, has been created to raise money to fund the construction of the trail network.