Upgrade and Construction of the River Access Facility at Rogers Bridge Park
The National Park Service (NPS) has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider whether or not to issue a Special Use Permit (SUP) to the City of Duluth, Georgia, for the upgrade and construction of the existing river access facility along the Chattahoochee River at Roger's Bridge Park in the City of Duluth. The purpose of the proposed project is to improve conditions of riparian resources; prevent further resource degradation; and enhance visitor use, experience, and safety at the existing Roger's Bridge Park river access facility within the boundaries of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (NRA). These improvements would be achieved by upgrading the existing river access facility and conducting maintenance activities to prevent further erosion of the facility's existing ramp.
Specifically, the proposed project would involve the construction of a new trail within an upland portion of the Roger's Bridge Park, which would provide access from the new parking lot down to the river. A new step-down concrete canoe ramp would be constructed within the footprint of the existing gravel ramp. The proposed upgrades of the river access facility are part of the plans by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Duluth to improve Roger's Bridge Park. Since a portion of the improvements to the existing river access facility would occur below the mean high water mark of the Chattahoochee River, within the boundaries of the Chattahoochee River NRA, the NPS has requested that an EA be prepared. The Federal agency action being analyzed in the EA is the decision by the NPS as to whether or not to issue a SUP to the City of Duluth for the upgrade and construction of the existing river access facility along the Chattahoochee River.
The NPS must ensure that the park uses that are allowed would not cause impairment of, or unacceptable impacts to, park resources and values. The activity will only be allowed within CRNRA after a determination has been made that it will not result in unacceptable impacts. The EA for the proposed project must determine if the proposal could potentially result in impairment of, or have unacceptable impacts to, any park resource.