The N.C. Community Conservation Assistance Program will offer the Matthews technical and financial assistance through a cost sharing program as part of the renovation of the old Public Works Facility site. The State funded program is administered by the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The site is part of The Four Mile Creek Greenway that will be built jointly by the Town of Matthews and Mecklenburg County.
The ultimate goal of this program is to implement Best Management Practices to protect and improve water quality. The cost sharing program will aid the Matthews in replacing asphalt at the former Public Works Facility and returning the area to its natural state by using native grasses, trees, and plantings. The cost sharing program is expected to save the Town $10,000. The removal of this asphalt and replacing it with native vegetation will result in better control of storm water run off. Plans call for this site to have educational signage on the ecological benefits of the changes to the area, a compost demonstration area, a butterfly garden and much more.
Construction of the greenway is expected to begin this September and take one year to complete. The Greenway will encompass over two miles of path composed of paved trails, boardwalk, neighborhood entrances and pedestrian bridges. The County will construct the Greenway from run East John Street to Brenham Lane and from Four Mile Creek north to the former Matthews Public Works Facility. The Matthews will construct a connector path for this site back to South Trade Street to complete the project. The Greenway will connect many neighborhoods, Squirrel Lake Park, Matthews Elementary School, Matthews Community Center and will provide alternate access to downtown Matthews.