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You Can Help Bring Greenway Trails to Steele Creek

(August 22,  2003) The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department's Master Greenway Plan calls for trails along Steele Creek and other natural corridors in this area. County officials must decide where to concentrate future trail building efforts, and supporters of the Steele Creek Community Greenway Trail need your help to encourage them to give priority to the Steele Creek area.

The Southwest District Park Advisory Council already has endorsed a project to create approximately 50 miles of walking and biking trails for people to enjoy in the Steele Creek area. Trails would connect the Berewick, Island Pointe Road, and Palisades planned communities with McDowell Nature Preserve, schools, the new library, existing subdivisions, business parks, and the Steele Creek Town Center at Highways 49 and 160.

Ultimately trails will connect to the Town of Tega Cay and a greenway and trail system planned for the Fort Mill and Rock Hill areas.

What a concept!

Imagine .... Being able to walk or ride your bike safely to the library, to stores, to parks, to work, to neighbors, to restaurants.

The project has many challenges:

  • Connectivity of the trails

  • Crossing major arteries

  • Parking nodules and access points

  • Getting developers that do not have to go through the Planning Commission on board

First, you can come to the Parks and Recreation Commission Meeting on Tuesday, September 9th to support the project. We want to show how much support we have, so bring friends.

DATE:           Tuesday, September 9th
LOCATION:   5841 Brookshire Boulevard
                     Charlotte, NC 28216
TIME:             6:00 PM

Contact the Park and Recreation Department at 704-336-3854 for information about this meeting.

Second, you can become involved in the organization effort. If you have any questions or want involved, email Lynne Ingersoll at CommunityTrail@SteeleCreekResidents.org.

If you'd like a map of the planned Steele Creek Community Greenway Trail to see how close it comes to your neighborhood, send Lynne your name and address and she'll send one to you.

Steele Creek is changing rapidly and now is the time to protect open space and natural areas for future recreation and preservation purposes.

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