Keeping it Green: Mini-greenways, connectors add up in overall miles of opportunity
by Cameron Fisher Cleveland/Bradley Greenway Board
Sep 09, 2012 | 439 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a previous column we have discussed the Greenway Network, what can be referred to as a group of “mini-greenways,” self-contained trails established for the same purposes as the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. They are open to the public and all except one are paved surfaces, allowing for walkers, runners and bikers.

For several years now the Greenway Network has consisted of seven members. The locations and sponsors of these mini-greenways encompass a wide variety of organizations. They include Church of God International Offices Prayer Plaza, Cleveland Middle School’s Ashley Smith Nature Trail, Fletcher Park, Lee University’s Schimmels Park, Oak Grove School’s Freedom Trail, Westwood Baptist Church and the Cleveland Family YMCA. The lengths of these greenways vary from two miles at Fletcher Park, to .29 of one mile at the Church of God offices.

In a process that began last year, Bradley County Schools has been making progress to add several mini-greenways to the Greenway Network. Some just recently installed their trails such as Walker Valley High School and Black Fox School. Last semester, dedication ceremonies were held where the Mustang Trail and Black Fox TROT became members of the network.

A couple of weeks ago, eight signs were delivered to Andrea Lockerby, director of Coordinated School Health at the County School Offices, to distribute to the additional schools that have met the qualifications. Thanks to her efforts and the willingness of the schools to participate, the Greenway Network has more than doubled its membership!

In addition to Oak Grove, Walker Valley and Black Fox, the following county schools, which have walking trails on their properties, are now members of the Greenway Network: Hopewell Elementary “Tiger Trot,” Lake Forest Middle School (upper and lower tracks), North Lee “Ram Run,” Park View “Knight Walk,” Prospect (Elementary) “Parkway,” Taylor Elementary “Tiger Track,” Valley View “Magic Mile,” and Waterville Community “Cherokee Trail of Fitness.” All of the trails are paved and at least one-fifth of a mile long.

The Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway Network now includes 17 members. When totaled, the mini-greenways add up to more than 7.5 miles for our community to enjoy. Add that to the four miles of our primary Greenway, the 20th Street connector and the downtown connector and there is nearly 15 miles of designated Greenway mileage in Cleveland and Bradley County.

If you get a chance to visit any of these locations, particularly on our county school properties, be sure you find some people from the campus and let them know how much we all appreciate their commitment to health and fitness — and to the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway!