On November 6, 2015, the Dougherty County Board of Commissioners approved a master agreement with KAIZEN Collaborative to provide planning and design development of the County’s greenway trail system. The KAIZEN team was selected based on their experience planning over 650 miles of similar trails around the southeast. The County viewed KAIZEN Collaborative as a desirable partner because of their trail planning expertise and implementation strategies.
The County trail master plan process comes on the heels of the Albany/Sasser Rail Trail project which is a 13.62 mile multi-use trail from Sasser to Albany. KAIZEN Collaborative worked alongside the PATH Foundation to execute
a design and implementation plan for the three counties through which the rail trail passes. In response to this project, the City of Albany and Dougherty County recognized the need to execute a county-wide trail master plan to start the vision of a diverse, interconnected trail system. The implementation of these trail projects anticipates the utilization of SPLOST funding, private donations, and public sector funding options.