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Public meeting on East Cooper Trail to get project off the ground


The 82-mile off road path is in its infant stages, expected to take around 20 years to complete.

Catherine Main, with the East Cooper Land Trust, says there are a lot of hands on deck with the project.

"One mile at at time," said Main.

On Tuesday evening, Main says, the first mile begins. 

An economic impact study will be presented at a public meeting Tuesday at 5:30 pm, at the Alhambra Hall in Mount Pleasant. East Cooper Land Trust spent $35,000 on the study that will show the health and environmental impacts of this trail.

It will connect the Cooper River to the Santee River, roughly a 40 mile distance. Because the trail will have winding paths through cultural and environmental areas, the entire path is expected to be around 82 miles.

It will offer paths off main roads, making it safer and family friendly and link to the popular East coast Greenway and Palmetto trails. A study found the trail could generate more than $80 million in revenue, from property, tourism and health benefits.

The East Cooper Land Trust will present the economic impact study. Because the trail will go through several jurisdictions and municipalities, and connect to other big trails, there are a lot of hands on deck with this project. From the town Mount Pleasant to Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission and others, Main says it will take several groups to get it off the ground. 

That also ties into funding. Right now, Main says funding is not clear because it's going to take community partnerships and a mix of grants and other measures to develop the trail. 

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