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This is pretty exciting stuff for Spartanburg!

 

The City has decided to commit funding for 10 miles of greenway trails for $675,000 during the next five years. On top of that, Partners for Active Living will request $1.6 million in federal grants and $1.7 million in private funding is needed.

 

As is typical for the HJ, some of the information is a little vague in terms where they will be built. I took the list from the article and speculated about where I think they are going to go.

  • The Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail to Barnet Park - this one sounds like the cycletrack on Converse St that we already know about
  • River Birch Trail to East Main Street (Cottonwood Trail north) - probably extending the trail to East Main
  • Cottonwood Trail to the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail - maybe use the Duke Power transmission line corridor through Andrews Farm/Woodburn Rd to connect to the rail trail?
  • Wofford Street to the westside - maybe Fairforest Creek from Wofford St to Camelot? This one is the least clear to me about possible trail alignments.

This is a pretty substantial investment for the city and it's residents. I'm pretty excited about the possibilities here.

 

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20141013/ARTICLES/141019836/1083/ARTICLES?Title=City-Council-endorses-10-mile-trail-plan&tc=ar 

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RJ Rockers is releasing a new beer called the Palmetto Trail Pale Ale to help fund the Palmetto Trail. This is by far one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time. I'll have to plan to make a trip home to have a few pints!

 

http://www.goupstate.com/article/20150706/ARTICLES/150709851/1083/ARTICLES?p=2&tc=pg&tc=ar

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Digging up this old thread to report that City voted to award a contract (River Birch Trail bids.pdf) to grade and pave a 10-foot wide path (RIVER BIRCH TRAIL.pdf) where the River Birch trail is behind Spartan High (across Sydnor from the main Cottonwood Trails).  This is planned to eventually connect to East Main (see map below).  There are also plans to connect the Drayton Mills Trail under the RR tracks, across Heywood, to East Main as well.  So we're making good progress toward a key trail connection.

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The Cottonwood Trail expansion is well underway.  This section used to be very narrow, and the asphalt was severely buckled.  It has now been graded nice and wide.  Paving still to come.

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The City announced today that they have received a $500,000 grant to extend the Rail Trail from Barnet Park to the Butterfly Creek Greenway in the Northside.  The total cost of the trail is estimated at $1.2 million.  The City will contribute $250,000 and the remaining $472,000 will be raised privately with help from Partners for Active Living.  A map of the route is below.  Great to see another piece of our burgeoning trail network coming together!

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This is great, but I haven't been able to find anything that describes what the trail will be made of. I want to assume that it would be an extension of the cycle track and perhaps a wider sidewalk. $1.2m sounds like a lot, but it's tough to build a mile of trail in an urban setting for that amount of money. I'll be interested to learn more.

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