Milledgeville Oconee River Greenway Board looks to the future

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Milledgeville’s Oconee River Greenway Board wants to hear what improvements you think the riverwalk needs.

"The Oconee River Greenway is basically Milledgeville’s front yard. Everyone is welcome to come out and play," said Oconee River Greenway Foundation President Walter Reynolds.

Georgia College students say they visit the greenway all the time.

"Tuesdays and Thursdays, I come out to the greenway," said Georgia College freshman Hannah Schurman.

The bright sun and fresh air makes it the perfect study space for Schurman.

"It’s just nice to, you know, get out of the classroom, out of the dorm, get out of the library, and just be in nature. It’s relaxing. It’s peaceful," Schurman said.

With about four miles of trail and access to the river, there’s an activity for everyone at the park. But members of the Oconee River Greenway Foundation want to do more.

"We’re looking for input from the community as to the future of the Oconee River Greenway," said Reynolds.

They’re hosting a public event to hear what riverwalk goers want to see improved.

"Whether that’s a splash pad for the kids or a playground or new fishing overlooks. Whatever it is the people are interested in, that’s what we want to plan for the future," noted Reynolds.

Residents already have some suggestions:

"Instead of the porta-potties, I think a bathroom would be really nice," said Schurman.

"I’ve already seen a ton of improvements as far as extending it, but it’d be really cool if they could make it even longer, for those that are distance runners," suggests Madii Davis, also a Georgia College student.

There are a few expansions in the works, like a new fishing creek trail.

"You don’t get enough opportunities to be outside, we think, and that’s why we expanded the Oconee River Greenway," Reynolds said.

The Oconee River Greenway member’s meeting is scheduled for April 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Allen’s Market on E. McIntosh Street. The organization is also recruiting new members. For more information click here.