When Phase 5 connecting the Greenway from Raider Drive to Tinsley Park was completed last year, I presumed there would be a slowdown in projects and activity. Almost the opposite has been true.
Much has been written about the recent $496,000 grant that was received for extending the Greenway in an east-west direction, branching off the current Greenway at Tinsley Park and terminating at North Ocoee Street. The Tinsley-Ocoee Connector will keep activity humming for the next couple of years, albeit behind the scenes before actual construction begins.
But take this project out of the picture and there is still a lot of action going on.
Last week, work began on the Mohawk Extension, an approximately quarter-mile lengthening of the current Greenway. The project, jointly funded by the city of Cleveland and Bradley County’s Healthy Community Initiative, will extend the Greenway under the Mohawk Drive bridge at Mouse Creek, and connect at least two streets of residents. When the project is complete later this year, more than 100 new households will be able to experience the Greenway without having to drive to it.
Another exciting development is scheduled this week as a groundbreaking ceremony will take place for a third restroom on the Greenway. It will be located at the playground near Raider Drive. The facility will be a welcome addition to the playground area, which has exploded in popularity. It will be adjacent to the parking area of the playground and will incorporate sidewalk access to the Greenway and installation of a Learning Trail, sponsored by the United Way.
Once again, local benevolent agency People for Care and Learning is spearheading the project as they have previously on the playground and two water fountain plazas. They have also supported the Greenway through the purchase of four benches and two light pole banners. Providing the labor for the project is another local benevolent agency, Men and Women of Action.
At the July meeting of the Greenway board, I presented a laundry list of projects. Included were the items listed above, but also several smaller ones, all at different stages of fruition.
Installing 36 different tree markers is an ongoing project of the local Boy Scouts. Local artist Josh Coleman recently placed a second piece of his art off Keith Street near the post office. A few more benches are on order and will soon appear in strategic locations. The same goes for about 10 new decorative trash cans which will soon appear along the northern section. Scott’s Bike Shop called me last week to say the first of three bicycle racks had arrived and will soon be installed on the Greenway. The Church of God International Offices recently donated a section of its campus for the future location of another restroom. And the list goes on.
The immediate future is quite active for our Greenway. Yet, as we look toward the long-range future, there is even more excitement as this community continues to embrace and support the Greenway’s contribution to our health and quality of life.
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