Recently a new sidewalk was installed at the end of Woodcrest Circle in the Northwood subdivision. The sidewalk connects directly to the recently completed Phase Five of the greenway, allowing everyone who lives in Northwood the opportunity to run, walk, or ride the greenway from their neighborhood. What this means for Northwood residents is that students who attend Cleveland High who live in that neighborhood are now directly connected to their school. If they are hungry, Northwood residents can walk or bike to Gondolier or Subway, or pick up a yogurt at Perkit’s. They can go grocery shopping at Cooke’s. If they are so inclined, they can go as far as Home Depot and the many shops and restaurants in that plaza. Or they can head south on the greenway and visit anything in downtown Cleveland.
This is not the first time the greenway has connected a neighborhood with the addition of a new sidewalk connection. For the hundreds of residents who live east of Keith Street, between Inman and 25th Street, there are multiple access points to the greenway, including Willow, 17th, 20th and 25th Streets, and a set of stairs off of Stuart Avenue. Two sidewalks in front of the Church of God offices on Keith Street allow access for the many families off of Edgewater, Harris Circle and Oakland Drive.
For those on the northern side of the busy thoroughfare of 25th Street and east of Keith, there is a trailhead at Harris Circle. Then, on the extreme north of the greenway, with the completion of Phase Five through Tinsley Park, residents of Sequoia Hills now have the same connectivity to the aforementioned locations via the greenway.
Connectivity to retail and services is what the developers of Spring Creek shopping center and The Retreat condominiums had in mind when they helped finance a portion of a half-mile greenway that goes under APD-40 (Veteran’s Parkway). There is sidewalk access from its origination/termination point at 20th Street to the original greenway via any of the previously described access points. Furthermore, it wouldn’t take much to build a connector sidewalk at the greenway at Spring Creek with the neighborhoods northward. A few feet of new sidewalk has the potential to tie hundreds more families to the greenway.
The dreaming and visioning of where we go from here with the greenway has never stopped. Now that Phase Five is finished, it’s time to concentrate on ways to get more neighborhoods safely connected to the greenway. Send your ideas and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.