STEELE CREEK NEWS
Greenway Trail Opens along Hoover Creek at
Steele Creek has a new greenway trail located behind the new Shops
at RiverGate South. It's only about 1000 feet long but offers a
restful diversion from the hustle and bustle of the shopping center nearby.
It runs east from Steele Creek Road along Hoover Creek to behind the gap
between the new Home Goods and Gander Mountain stores.
A walkway through a plaza connects the shopping
center parking lot to the trail entrance.
Two sets of stairs lead down from the service drive behind
the stores to the trail.
The developers of RiverGate paid for and
built the trail to county specifications, except that the trail is
eight feet wide rather than the county standard of ten feet. They
are in the process of transferring ownership to the county so that
the greenway will be part of the Park and Recreation Department's trail
system. Due to its length and lack of connectivity (at the present
time) it may not be included on the Park and Recreation Department's web
site. The county's Master Greeway Plan calls for extending this
trail eastward to connect to the Walker Branch Trail and westward to
connect to at least S Tryon Street at some point in the future.
RiverGate developers also built the
Walker Branch Greenway Trail, which follows Walker Branch benhind Best Buy
and across from Home Depot. This trail has been extended to Smith
Road as a primitive Dirtway. (See
County's First Dirtway is Open along Walker Branch (2/4/14))
County voters approved bonds in 2008 that
included funding to extend the Walker Branch Greenway Trail with asphalt
and bridges to Smith Road. That
project is still a few years in the future.
For more information on Mecklenburg County greenways, visit
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Greenways.
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