City Council voted 6-1 on Aug. 26 to approve an easement agreement with Peachford Hospital to allow construction of part of the city’s planned multi-use trail. The first two phases of the 12-foot-wide concrete trail lie in Brook Run Park. The first phase has been completed and work begins on the second this fall, city officials have said.

Later phases of the construction are intended to connect the Brook Run Trail with a similar trail at Project Renaissance, the city’s redevelopment project in the Georgetown community.

Peachford Hospital agreed to allow the city to build a connecting trail through its property. The city agreed to pay $26,000: $15,000 to cover the hospital’s legal costs and $11,000 for a fence along the trail.

Councilwoman Lynn Deutsch cast the sole vote against the agreement. She said she did so because she thought the trail should be smaller. “I still struggle with that 12 feet,” she said. “I really appreciate Peachford’s gift, but 8 feet [of trail width] would be fine with me.”

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