Fisher, Greenway board chairman, said expansion so far has been enabled in commercial areas through agreements with various businesses. Moving forward, more residential areas would be involved. It is hoped the project will stretch from The Village Green to the Hiwassee River.
“All it takes is money and willingness,” Fisher said.
Progressing toward this ultimate goal, the Greenway is working on connecting phases and making them more accessible to surrounding neighborhoods.
Current projects are focusing on connecting the phase that ends at Raider Drive and the Tinsley Park leg of the Greenway. The Tinsley Park trail will be paved to make it handicapped accessible. Parking for the Mohawk Drive trail is also being worked on.
A greenway is also being developed by The Retreat at Spring Creek.
“They want to dedicate, before the end of the summer, their own greenway,” Fisher said.
Fisher said eventually this will connect to the phase near the nonprofit Greenway Table community garden.
This fall the Greenway will celebrate 10 years of serving the community. Fisher said the board did not have specifics worked out, but there are plans for a celebration.
“Being on the Greenway board has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Fisher said.
Plans for the placing of historical markers are also under way. The first marker explains the history behind the name “Cleveland.” Fisher said the Greenway board also has plans for a marker explaining the names “Bradley County” and “Ocoee.”
The club and individual members have been very involved with the Greenway in a number of ways, Fisher said.
Two contributions include the pillars at the entrance on Willow Street and the new Rotary fountain.
Fisher said the Greenway has also inspired several area elementary schools to develop walking trails of their own.
In other Rotary news:
Cleveland City Schools Director Dr. Martin Ringstaff was accepted as a member of The Rotary Club of Cleveland.
Tuesday was the first meeting for exchange student Monica Zanlua from Barcelona, Spain. She is attending Cleveland High School while living with a host family.