Virtual public meeting open through May 25 for community input on trail connection between Alpha Loop, Big Creek Greenway

The Alpha Link spans 1.75 miles, crossing Haynes Bridge Road and following Georgia 400 west to Encore Parkway. From Encore, Alpha Link will head south to North Point Parkway and cross to the Big Creek Greenway trails. (Screenshot via Zoom Meetings)
The Alpha Link spans 1.75 miles, crossing Haynes Bridge Road and following Georgia 400 west to Encore Parkway. From Encore, Alpha Link will head south to North Point Parkway and cross to the Big Creek Greenway trails. (Screenshot via Zoom Meetings)

The Alpha Link spans 1.75 miles, crossing Haynes Bridge Road and following Georgia 400 west to Encore Parkway. From Encore, Alpha Link will head south to North Point Parkway and cross to the Big Creek Greenway trails. (Screenshot via Zoom Meetings)

Residents of the city of Alpharetta can send their input on some design aspects of Alpha Link—a multiuse trail which will connect the Alpha Loop, North Point Mall and the Big Creek Greenway—through a virtual public survey, set to expire May 25.

This is part of the North Point Area and Alpha Loop Feasibility Study, said Donny Zellefrow, a designer for MKSK Studios, during the May 4 Alpharetta City Council meeting. MKSK is a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm that is working with the city on designs for Alpha Link.

Alpha Link will offer direct access to the North Point area, which the city is working on redeveloping, and to a future proposed MARTA bus rapid transit station as well as to other destinations and neighborhoods along the Alpha Loop and Big Creek Greenway, said Darren Meyer, principal landscape architect for MKSK Studios.

The Alpha Link alignment begins at the intersection of Haynes Bridge Road and the Georgia 400 southbound ramp, continues parallel to GA 400 to Encore Parkway, crosses to North Point Parkway and routes to the Big Creek Greenway trails from there.

"There's been a really interesting demand for our parks and public spaces during this time [while the coronavirus pandemic continues]," Meyer said during the meeting.


The virtual public meeting is the first step in the project's second phase out of four, total, with the goal of wrapping up the feasibility study this fall, Zellefrow said. Participants can answer questions about what types of bike paths, road crossings, art, seating and other aspects of the project they would like to see implemented.

To participate in the survey, visit www.visionalphalink.com.

"The current environment ... has really brought home to a lot of folks how important our walking trails, parks and greenway are to our city and how lucky we are to have the various options that we have," Council Member Karen Richard said during the meeting. "I think that's going to make this feasibility study a major priority for all of us going forward."
By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.