Groundbreaking ceremony held for Four Mile Creek Greenway

The Town of Matthews and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department celebrated the construction of the Four Mile Creek Greenway with a groundbreaking ceremony Saturday. This is the first greenway to be located in the Town of Matthews.

Left to Right  Paul Bailey, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Commission, Southern District Representative  Larry Huelsman, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Commission, former member  Tim Morgan, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Commission, Vice-Chairman  Julie Clark, Greenway Division Director, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department  Ralph Peppers, Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, Chairperson  Jim Garges, Director, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department  Lee Tillery, Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department Director  Matthews Mayor Lee Myers  Hazen Blodgett, Matthews Town Manager  Geralynn Trellue, Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, Former Director

Left to Right Paul Bailey, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Commission, Southern District Representative Larry Huelsman, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Commission, former member Tim Morgan, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Commission, Vice-Chairman Julie Clark, Greenway Division Director, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department Ralph Peppers, Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Advisory Committee, Chairperson Jim Garges, Director, Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department Lee Tillery, Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department Director Matthews Mayor Lee Myers Hazen Blodgett, Matthews Town Manager Geralynn Trellue, Matthews Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department, Former Director

Town and County officials as well as members of the public were on hand to move the first shovels of dirt as construction begins for the greenway. Construction is expected to take a year and cost approximately $1.6M.

The greenway will encompass more than two miles of path composed of paved trails, boardwalk, neighborhood entrances and pedestrian bridges. The County will construct the greenway from East John Street to Brenham Lane and from Four Mile Creek north to the former Matthews Public Works Facility. The Town will construct a connector path from this site 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.

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