The city of Woodstock came together last Saturday morning to both break ground on a new trail and honor a beloved Council Member.

As part of the Greenprints Trail System, the Towne Lake Pass Trail will connect Towne Lake Hills South and Woodstock High School to the Woofstock Park trail head (and ultimately Downtown Woodstock). In the the loving memory of Council Member Mary Tessa Basford, Mayor Donnie Henriques dedicated the two-mile, multi-use stretch in a ceremony that was followed by the city officials  and Greenprints Alliance volunteers pitching their symbolic first dirt piles onto to the trail site.

In a moving  tribute, the joint resolution from the City of Woodstock and Cherokee County proclaimed, “Council Member Basford was very instrumental in the support and implementation of the Greenprints Plan. Her leadership, love for family, community and those she so graciously served is a legacy too inspirational not be immortalized. Tessa meant so much to both Woodstock and the greater Towne Lake community. It is appropriate that this section of the trail is dedicated to her memory.”

It takes a village: every shovel was supported by people who remain steadfast in making this city a better place for us to live and explore.

A very interested party: Our Greenprints trails have become a daily haven for dogs and their walkers, and the Woofstock Dog Park is a great on-trail landing spot to enjoy off-leash fun.

A good kind of mud-slinging: Cherokee County and Woodstock officials as well as Greenprints volunteers throw some dirt to show their support for our burgeoning trail system.

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Jennifer Carter is a freelance photographer and writer living with her family in Woodstock, Georgia. Her work has been published by the Marietta Daily Journal, the Cherokee Tribune, Cherokee Life Magazine, Cobb Life Magazine, AJC.com, Woodstock Patch, and the City of Woodstock’s tourism brochure. The “I Love Downtown Woodstock” blog is what she considers a “passion project,” an experiment in homage that she calls “A Collection of Love Letters to a City.” See more of her work at jenwanders.com and thesoutherndrift.com.

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  • Laura Andersen

    Do you know when this new trail will be completed? Your friends at Trending in Woodstock would like to know. Thanks in advance.

    • Jennifer Carter

      That’s a great question, Laura! I will talk to the people in the know and let you know as soon as I can!