Lilburn’s Camp Creek Greenway reopens after repair of storm damage
By David Pendered
Lilburn’s Camp Creek Greenway has reopened completely following a time it was partially closed because of storm damage to the southern end of the trail.
Storm-related problems are a way of life for portions of the popular 4.2-mile linear trail that connects Lilburn City Park and Lions Club Park. The trail runs along Camp Creek, which is prone to high waters that can affect the trail.
Lilburn announced on Feb. 4 that Gwinnett County had closed a portion of the park at Rockbridge Road. This segment was expected to be closed for several days, while crews cleaned up damage caused by high water and mud infiltration, according to a post on the city’s Facebook page.
The city announced on Feb. 8 that a portion of the Rockbridge trail was cleared, with the exception of some mud. On Feb. 9, the city announced that Gwinnett County had reopened its portion of the Rockbridge trail area. Lilburn and Gwinnett’s Community Services department operate the trail, according to the county’s website.
One Facebook comment recognized the city’s effort to maintain the trail: “Your hard work is appreciated! It must be so frustrating to have to re-clear the trail every time we get a hard rain!!”
Trails around metro Atlanta are vulnerable to weather events. Some are low-impact facilities that require more maintenance than a hard surface, such as the surface installed along the Atlanta BeltLine and PATH400. Some are exposed to flooding from nearby waterways.
For example, the Big Creek Greenway, in north Fulton County, has a history of weather-related closures. Alpharetta has posted a warning on its Big Creek Greenway website: “Rock Mill Park, located 1/4 mile southeast of North Point Parkway, has Greenway parking and public restrooms. This area is prone to flood during heavy rains.” During rain events, up to a foot of water has been reported in the area.
Central Gwinnett County experienced significant rainfall at the start of February. This storm evidently was enough to cause the flood-related problems on the Rockbridge portion of the trail.
Lilburn’s Camp Creek Greenway is a source of civic pride funded with proceeds of a special purpose local option sales tax. The first segment was priced at $2.6 million and was established along Camp Creek in 2007.
The trail has since been extended alongside the creek. The trail passes industrial developments, which abut the creek and the nearby CSX tracks south of Lilburn, and residential areas farther south of the city.
The National Wildlife Federation cited the greenway as a Certified Wildlife Habitat in 2014, according to a post on Old Town Lilburn’s website. In 2015, Lilburn installed a bridge made of Perma Trak, which is a concrete system more resistant than wood to decay. In 2018, a portion of the trail was upgraded with a Perma Trak project the Old Town Lilburn site describes: “In 2018, a 958-foot Perma Trak boardwalk was installed on the greenway, making it the longest Perma Trak project in the country that is supported on a helical pier foundation system.”