Cedartown, Ga. – April 5, 2017: Polk County’s Silver Comet Trail is scheduled to receive up to $100,000 in funding thanks to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Recreational Trails Program. The application for the grant was filed by Polk County, with full support from the City of Cedartown.
Both Polk County Manager Matt Denton and Cedartown City Manager Bill Fann expressed gratitude for the grant and applauded the major role that teamwork had in determining the desired outcome. “The Silver Comet Trail is an important asset to the city and the county and this will help us address much-needed improvements to the trail, explained Fann. “This was a great opportunity for us to enhance intergovernmental cooperation between the city and county for the benefit of both our residents and our visitors.” Denton echoed those same sentiments. “Our commissioners are very excited about this news; we’re ready to start making these improvements on our trail. This really is a good example of the county and the city working together for the good of everyone involved.”
The trail is part of a 61.5-mile trail that runs from Smyrna to the Alabama line. The Silver Comet runs the entire length of Polk County, cutting through downtown Rockmart and Cedartown, eventually connecting to Alabama’s Chief Ladiga Trail.
The funding will be used for local accessibility improvements and maintenance on the trail. Construction on the trail began in Smyrna in 1998 and finished just outside of Cedartown in 2008.