Trail Links Lake Spivey GC and International Park

By | March 14th, 2018

Joe Hamilton, the proprietor of the Jonesboro, Ga., golf club, donated 2.8 acres for the 12-foot-wide, concrete pathway for walkers, joggers, cyclists, and golf carts. The 4.5-mile network will connect the golf course to the new recreation center and amphitheater expected to break ground later this year.

A portion of the Clayton Connects trail pathway that traverses the Lake Spivey Golf Club in Jonesboro, Ga., was recently dedicated for Joe Hamilton, the proprietor of the golf club who donated 2.8 acres for the multi-modal pathway, the Jonesboro-based Clayton News reported.

The Joe Hamilton Recreation Trail is a 12-foot, concrete pathway designed for non-motorized use and intended for walkers, joggers, cyclists and electric golf carts. Beginning at the golf clubhouse, the pathway carves through fairways to connect to the Spivey Club subdivision and continues on to the Reid Stephens Park. There, the trail connects to the Phase 1 Lake Spivey Trail project completed in 2017, allowing for connectivity between the golf club and the Clayton County International Park, the News reported.

The 4.5-mile network will connect the golf course and the Reid Stephens greenspace to the new recreation center and amphitheater at Lake Spivey Parkway and Rand Road expected to break ground later this year. Plans are underway to eventually connect to the city limits of Jonesboro. The Lake Spivey Trail network was budgeted at $3.96 million, the News reported.

A dedication ceremony was held at the trail blaze on March 3. Hamilton is a long-serving community leader in Lake Spivey and greater Clayton County, who, as owner and operator of the golf club, has donated time on the links and discounted club spaces for school and community groups, the News reported.

A plaque placed at the trail blaze credits Hamilton’s generosity. “His resources and hospitality provided decades of inspiration and opportunity for the youth of Clayton County,” the plaque reads. “Through his vision and commitment to the environment, our community is a better place to live.”

The trail is the initial segment for District 4 that will eventually link up to the proposed 112 miles of linear parks and trails as part of the Clayton Connects master plan. The system is designed by the PATH Foundation, the organization behind the Atlanta BeltLine and several other metro Atlanta trail systems, the News reported.

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