Gastonia plans growth of greenway system

March 30, 2018 by  

Gastonia is looking to expand the biking and walking trails in the city and is currently asking for state support.

The first phase in its plans is to have a connection that will be a greenway to Rankin Lake Park, after which will be a bridge constructed over Long Creek that will enable access to Gaston College and other places.

The city is looking to secure a grant through the Recreational Trails Program, which is a competitive program offered through the Division of Parks and Recreation of North Carolina. The first part of this process is to apply for the grant this month and then make it to the second round in June.

The Gastonia Police Department is the start of city’s Highland Rail Trail, which runs to Interstate 85. Chuck Dellinger, Gastonia Parks and Recreation Director, said that extending this greenway will provide safe passage for bikers and pedestrians through some construction at a major interchange and then bring them to the most northern part of Rankin Lake Park.

He added that it will also give a place for students from Gaston College to take a break in between classes.

Flyer printing is often used to inform residents of such projects, and provide more details about specific trails and other amenities that can be expected from such projects.