Keeping it Green: Here’s a big grab bag of good news for the popular Greenway
by Cameron Fisher Cleveland/Bradley Greenway Board
Jul 20, 2014 | 417 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I have been privileged to serve on the board of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway for 10 years now. In 2004, the Greenway was just a quarter-mile stretch between 20th and 25th streets, but Phase 2 was underway and would connect that quarter-mile from 25th Street north to Raider Drive the next year.

In this last decade I have seen many great things develop for our Greenway. There have been very few stretches of time when there was not something just completed, a project underway and one waiting on the horizon. I have shared with many people that this is the reason serving with the Greenway is the most rewarding activity I participate with in our community.

This current time period is no exception. Construction just finished on a beautiful new stacked-stone pavilion that will serve families and groups for decades to come. Although completed, we still need commercial-grade, aluminum picnic tables to furnish it. This week I was thrilled to learn a donation was received to purchase two of those tables. It would be great to have a few more.

More good news last week was the granting of tax-exempt status. We have been provisional for the last year, but with the reception of official papers from the IRS, any donation given to the Greenway is now fully tax deductible.

At about the same time in the last couple weeks, the first “official” meeting of Friends of the Greenway was held at the Cleveland Bradley Public Library ... on July 9. Congratulations to Missy Reynolds, the first chairman elected of the Friends of the Greenway Committee. We look forward to hearing many good things from this group as they reach out with events, fundraisers and projects to better the Greenway.

I have heard no end to the positive comments about the latest public art project, the 20th Street mural. Local artist Jaime Barks spent several weeks coordinating the cleaning, prepping, priming and painting of the space under the 20th Street bridge. It is the latest example of how the Greenway brings our community together.

We are almost there in our efforts to raise funds to bring back the Big Yellow Chair, known also as “Sitting Tall.” I hope by the first part of next month we have the interactive piece of public art back on its perch off Raider Drive.

Finally, I have to cite the good thing that is just around the corner. Much of the paperwork and preliminary site work is in the final stages for the Ocoee Street Connector. I am told that we may see construction begin early this fall on the extension that will connect North Ocoee Street at Ocoee Commons with the Tinsley Park portion of the Greenway.

If you are interested in helping support the Greenway’s latest efforts, such as donating to the cause of the Big Yellow Chair or furnishing the pavilion with more tables, take advantage of the newly granted 501(c)(3) status to get a tax credit.

You can find out more by visiting online at www.cbcgreenway.com and clicking on the Friends of the Greenway tab.

Have a question? Send an email to info@cbcgreenway.com. Or find us on Facebook: The Greenway.