The trail is a no go through the cemetery.
Construction of the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail through Rose Hill Cemetery was put on hold Tuesday evening, and Macon City Council members told trail designers to look at routes that would bypass the historic cemetery.
The decision, which still must be written into a formal resolution and win council approval, followed a step-up in efforts to keep the trail out of the cemetery.
The Historic Rose Hill Cemetery Foundation, in a letter dated Monday, pulled its support for any route through the cemetery. In doing so, the foundation backed away from its previous stance that a route that quickly exits the cemetery would be a reasonable compromise.
For those of you not familiar with Macon, Rose Hill Cemetery is one of the prettiest places in the city. But, it is littered with used condoms, beer cans, drug paraphernalia, etc. Having the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail run along the river side of the cemetery would cut down on the beer drinking, sex, and drug use that goes on there. Many people already bike and job through the cemetery and picnic there. The trail would encourage more family visits in the area, which would help reduce a lot of the undesirable activities that go on.
The problem, of course, is that the folks who are big into Historic places like Rose Hill are frequently the most short sighted people. And I speak as a long time member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.