West Branch Greenway Grand Opening is May 21!

Posted on 11. May, 2011 by in Recent News, West Branch Wetland

DAVIDSON, N.C. – If you’re a fan of the great outdoors or someone eager to see the construction of more greenways in the region, you’ll want to mark your calendar for May 21: From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. that Saturday, the Town of Davidson, Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation and the Davidson Lands Conservancy will host a grand opening ceremony for the new West Branch Greenway.

Mecklenburg County Director of Parks and Recreation Jim Garges will welcome guests shortly after 1:00 p.m.

The Davidson Lands Conservancy will have a booth at this event, and we will be leading nature hikes focusing on Birds and Butterflies,  and Wildflowers and Mushrooms.  In addition Park naturalists will be leading hikes around the West Branch Nature Preserve.

Access to the greenway will be provided off Shearer Road in Davidson, which is accessible from East Rocky River Road.  Please park alongside Shearer Road near the barricade to the River Run Phase V development. Pedestrians and cyclists will be permitted through the barricade to access the greenway. All activities will start near the Shearer Road Bridge and greenway crossing.  Activities will include hiking (please bring your walking shoes!), bike rides and scavenger hunts, and information will be provided on area greenways and bikeways. For a map of the location and parking information, visit the Town of Davidson website at www.ci.davidson.nc.us.

With the addition of the West Branch Greenway, the Town of Davidson will have over 12 miles of greenways and bike lanes throughout town.

“We have sought to build this section of greenway for over a decade,” said Lauren Blackburn, Davidson’s Planning Manager, on Monday. “The West Branch Greenway reaches an area of the town that was previously underserved by public greenways. The overall trail network will reach regional destinations in Cabarrus and Mecklenburg County when built out as part of the vision of the Carolina Thread Trail.”

This activity supports Town of Davidson and Mecklenburg County goals to improve/expand parks, public health, open spaces, greenways and recreational activities.

For more information, contact Lauren Blackburn, Davidson Planning Manager, at lblackburn@ci.davidson.nc.us or Roy Alexander, Executive Director of the Davidson Lands Conservancy, at dlc@davidsonlands.org.

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