If you’ve ever taken a greenway to bike, skate, run or walk your way around Mecklenburg County, then you are on the right path. And soon, you will have several additional miles to explore.
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation – through partnership with the six towns and the City of Charlotte – aims to increase its network of paved, multi-use trails from 42 miles to 100 by 2030.
“Recent community surveys indicate that greenways are among the top recreational amenities residents want," said Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges. "They provide valuable fitness and alternative transportation opportunities for everyone. We are excited and fortunate to be able to expand our trail network for future growth in the County.”
Currently, there are 21 miles of greenways either in design or under construction – more than at any other time in the department’s history.
Many of these sections will be part of the County and City’s Cross Charlotte Trail, a destination greenway to be built in sections from Cabarrus County to the South Carolina state line. It will total more than 30 miles when completed.
Here is a brief look at greenways that recently opened or will open soon:
Caldwell Station Creek Greenway2.6 milesThis trail stretches from Bailey Road Park at Hwy 115 to Hwy 21 near the Northcross Shopping Center in Huntersville. The town of Cornelius developed the project with matching funds from a NCDOT grant. The greenway connects multiple subdivisions, schools and businesses. Parking is available at Bailey Road Park located at 11536 Bailey Road.
Irwin Creek Greenway, Remount Road to West Boulevard.8 milesThis greenway connects Revolution Park to a new pocket park at West Boulevard. It brings Irwin Creek Greenway in Clanton and Revolution parks to approximately 2 miles. Parking is available at all parking locations in Clanton Park, the Sports Academy and Revolution Park (1225 Remount Road).
Little Sugar Creek Greenway at Cordelia Park .33 miles Little Sugar Creek Greenway at Cordelia Park performs the important function of carrying the greenway trail under Parkwood Avenue., connecting it with the greenway trail heading south toward uptown Charlotte. The total trail length is now 1.3 miles. Parking is available at Cordelia Park (2100 N. Davidson St.), the Belmont Center (624 Parkwood Ave.) and Alexander Street Park (745 E. 12th St.). Part of Cross Charlotte Trail.
Toby Creek Greenway, W. Rocky River Road to Hwy. 491.5 milesPark at Kirk Farm Fields, then travel Mallard Creek Greenway, turn left on Toby Creek Greenway and continue past Hwy 49.
Campbell Creek Greenway, Lockmont Drive to WT Harris Boulevard 1 mileScheduled to open in fall 2017This extension will wind through woodland and serve as a destination for greenway users because of the natural beauty along the trail. Parking is available at 2116 Margaret Wallace Road.
West Branch Rocky River Greenway, Abersham Park to Fisher Farm Park (Davidson, NC)2 milesScheduled to open in early 2018This will be an extension of the existing .81 miles of developed trail. Parking is available at Fisher Farm Park and Abersham Park.
Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Tyvola Road to Huntingtowne Farms Park1.4 milesScheduled to open in early 2018This section, part of the Cross Charlotte Trail, will extend the existing .8 miles of greenway within Huntingtowne Farms Park.
Briar Creek Greenway, Randolph Road to Meadowbrook Lane1 milescheduled to open in Spring of 2019This section will connect the Mint Museum Randolph campus and the Catawba Lands Conservancy property.
As a reminder, all greenways are open to pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and, of course, dogs on leashes. Anything non-motorized is good to go.
For more information on the County’s greenway system, including trail locations, maps and safety tips, visit www.parkandrec.com. If you would like to help support the development of greenways in the area, please consider donating to Greenways for Mecklenburg, a nonprofit foundation established to accelerate the completion of the greenway system in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Learn more at http://greenwaysformeck.com/.
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