Dunwoody residents fight to save trees - CBS46 News

Dunwoody residents fight to save trees

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DUNWOODY, GA (CBS46) -

Several Dunwoody residents are making a last ditch effort to save hundreds of trees set to be cut down to make way for a walking trail.

Parts of Brook Run Park are already being prepped for bulldozers to clear close to 350 trees for a multi-use concrete trail.

Many citizens gave input and supported the plans two years ago when they thought the trail was only going be 8 feet wide.

City leaders now plan to build the trail 12 feet wide.

Danny Ross who is a former city councilman is part of a group of citizens who supported the original and feels deceived by the new changes.

"We're all in favor of having a path for walkers and strollers, just not a 12-foot path that's going to take out that many trees and potently change the waterflow," Ross said. "There is a neighborhood behind us that floods from time to time."

Dunwoody City Manager Warren Hutmacher told CBS Atlanta News the changes allow the trail to meet federal safety standards.

"It's now a multi-use trail. It's got to meet certain federal safety standards for accessibility so you can get wheelchairs and strollers and other types of products through the trial safely," Hutmacher said.

The group plans to continue fighting until the end to save some of the trees.

City leaders said construction crews will start cutting trees down in the next few days.

Weather permitting, walkers and runners should be able to use the trail in about three months.

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