STEELE CREEK NEWS
Walker Branch Greenway Expansion Plan Announced
15, 2018) Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation staff provided a
map display showing the addition to the
Walker Branch Greenway Trail
at its Information Drop In Session on September 8.
Mecklenburg County plans to extend the
Walker Branch Greenway Trail from the south end of the current
trail behind RiverGate Shopping Center to Smith Road and to
the current trail. The addition will more than double the length of
the trail to just over one mile. The path of
the new greenway trail is currently accessible as a mowed dirt path,
DIRTway.. The DIRTway will be upgraded to a 10-foot
wide asphalt trail with a bridge across Walker Branch.
The trail extension
will have one neighborhood connector trail to the Walkers Creek
neighborhood at the west end of Walkers Creek Drive along a public
easement. Another potential connector at the east end of
Walkers Creek Drive contains obstructions and cannot be used as a
connectoor. No public access property is available for a connector
to the Southbridge neighborhood.
Construction will begin in spring 2019 and be completed in fall 2019.
HERE or on
the map below to view a detailed map of the Walker Branch Greenway
in PDF format. (This is a large file and may take some time to
The map below shows
current and planned trails on the county's Master Greenway Plan for
the area around Walker Branch.
The existing Walker Branch
Greenway Trail and the shorter trail along Hoover
Creek were built by the developers of RiverGate. The extension of
Walker Branch Trail to Smith Road will be the first greenway trail
in Steele Creek built with Mecklenburg County tax dollars.
Steele Creek Greenways and Parks Committee of the Steele Creek
Residents Association is working with
developers and county staff to establish additional trails or
DIRTways in the
area. One opportunity is to establish a trail along Hoover Creek
while construction is underway for new apartments on the south side
of the creek. Another is to extend Walker Brianch Trail north to
Highway 160 at Sledge Road and identify routes along roadways to
connect to Winget Park.
The Committee is collecting names and contact information of persons
who support greenways in Steele Creek. One goal is to get at least
one contact for each neighborhood (HOA or apartment complex) in the
Walkers Branch/Hoover Creek area. If you would like to add your name
to the list of supporters, please email the following information to
Address with ZIP
Neighborhood (HOA or apartment complex)
HOA/neighborhood position (if any).
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