The Greenway has been a popular addition to this part of town, but it is not limited to this one location. Several years ago the Greenway Board identified seven trails or walkways in other parts of the community and invited the organizations that house the walkways to become part of a group called the Greenway Network.
These “mini-greenways,” as they have been classified, offer many of the same benefits of the Greenway. They all are at least a quarter-mile long and six of the seven offer a solid surface which can accommodate walkers, runners, strollers and bikers. However, unlike the CBC Greenway, all Greenway Network trails are self-contained on their respective properties and are looping rather than out and back. Signs at each location note they are a part of the network and list the length.
The following are members of the Greenway Network: Lee University (Schimmels Park), Cleveland Family YMCA, Cleveland Middle School (Ashley Smith Nature Trail), Fletcher Park, Westwood Baptist Church, Oak Grove School Freedom Trail and Church of God International Offices (Prayer Garden).
Like the Greenway, the Greenway Network members offer their trails for public use 24 hours a day. Everyone is invited to check out a mini-greenway near you.
In a recent column I listed the county schools which have made a concerted effort to add walking trails to their campuses. While several have been part of their respective school for many years, two were completed just within the last month. A few others have received funding while others are on the drawing board.
To learn more about the Greenway Network, locations and distances, visit the Greenway website, www.cbcgreenway.com.
These are exciting times for those of us who love to be on the move. The number of available fitness options continues to increase and we salute the visionaries who see the value of providing these options. Check out one or more of them soon.