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One way that CNPC helps the Park is by providing funding for projects including restoring and connecting trails, improving park units and visitor facilities, and providing educational opportunities for the community. Please consider making a donation to help us complete one of below projects. Please contact Executive Director Brittany Jones (Brittany.Jones@ChattahoocheeParks.org) with any donation questions.  


crime prevention tools 

CRNRA Superintendent Honious approved a plan to install Flock cameras near the entrances of a few CRNRA units to provide additional security for park visitors

Flock cameras are a License Plate Reader camera system that will capture and record the license plate and other identifying marks on all vehicles entering these park units. If a crime occurs in one of these units, the footage will allow law enforcement to investigate and build a case.


pollinator garden  

We are creating a small native forest/woodland for the benefit of birds and pollinators at the entrance of the Island Ford Visitors Center. The area will be designed to meet the requirements for the Georgia Audubon Certified Wildlife Sanctuary and Environmental Education Site. GeorgiaAudubon has been contracted as the subject matter to build and manage the pollinator garden along with volunteers.

Cost:  $5,000 per year



Every year CNPC in partnership with the CRNRA  and Cobb County Water System host up to 600 fourth graders from Cobb County Title 1 schools at Discovery Days at Sibley Pond. The program provides the children with the opportunity, most for the first time, to experience our local national park and participate in interactive educational stations, including boating around the pond, with park rangers and volunteers. Get inspired by a video highlighting our 2022 Discovery Days at Sibley Pond. https://youtu.be/VL3XZxSeA8I  

Cost: $15,000+ per year


recent PROJECTS 

2022 Bridge Repairs 

We funded the repairs of four bridges in East Palisades and Bowmans Island units. The project, totaling $90,000, involved restoring the trail and suspension bridges damaged by fallen trees and deterioration, helping enhance both safety and accessibility for trail users.

East Palisades & Bowmans Island Bridge Project

We funded the repair of two bridges in East Palisades unit and one in the Bowmans Island unit. These two park units makeup 13% of total trail use across the CRNRA impacting trail access for an estimated 1,700 park visitors per year. The project cost $90,000.

Youth Trail Crew 

We funded, at a cost of $135,000, a four month full-time trail crew from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) that began working late summer of 2022. They helped rebuild and improve miles of badly erodedtrails that have been identified for immediate need. 

Benches for Overlooks 

The overlooks are directly on the Chattahoochee River and have been well-loved by park visitors for years.The park and CNPC installed benches to the newly rehabilitated river overlooks along the Cochran Shoals fitness loop. The fully accessible benches cost $10,000 and were funded by the support of our donors and members. 

New Cochran Shoals Overlooks 

Construction began in March 2021 to demolish and replace three overlooks in the Cochran Shoals unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The project cost over $60,000 and will was phased over one year beginning with Pier #1 located closest to the Interstate North Parking Lot. The overlooks are directly on the Chattahoochee River and have been well-loved by park visitors for years. Link to press release

Jones Bridge Pier Replacement

The old observation deck in the Jones Bridge Unit was completely replaced in January 2021 and it is ready for visitors to enjoy one of the best views in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. The project was made possible by a $50,000 grant through the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Our partner Upper Chattahoochee Chapter Trout Unlimited has designed and funded a spectacular interpretive sign about aquatic species that is installed at the deck.

Multi-Use Trail Upgrade

We have officially completed the restoration of the 6.7 miles of multi-use trails in the Sope Creek and Columns Drive areas of the Cochran Shoals Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA). These trails are popular with mountain bikers, trail runners, and walkers. This collaborative project was completed in February 2021 and was funded by the Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy (CNPC), REI, MTB Atlanta, and the CRNRA, spending more than $50,000 for trail improvements.

Vickery Creek Staircase 

In 2017, the CRNRA identified serious environmental and visitor safety issues at the entrance to the Vickery Creek unit adjacent to Roswell's Old Mill Park. When walkers and runners crossed the covered bridge over Big Creek (built years earlier by the city), they were faced with steep, eroding trails in order to enter the national park. In late 2018, a wooden staircase with 106 steps was completed to allow access downslope to the creek and upslope to the main trails within the park unit. CNPC raised $75,000 in matching funds for the project, which included a $20,000 grant from outdoor co-op REI; additional funds were provided to purchase a park entrance plaque and plants to stabilize the steep slope. 

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Chattahoochee National Park Conservancy, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are proud to support our Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, a unit of the national park system managed by the National Park Service.



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