When we moved to Charlotte we always heard people mentioning Greenways.
We didn’t quite understand what they were talking about. We are familiar with parks, bike paths, but… Greenways? This term was completely new to us. With a little research and exploring – we quickly fell in love with one of Charlotte’s best attributes – Greenways.
To simply explain what a greenway is…
as stated on the mecknc.gov site “Greenways are linear parks that connect people and places. Greenways are vegetated natural buffers that promote water quality, help reduce the impacts of flooding, and provide wildlife habitat. Greenway trails provide recreation, transportation, fitness, and economic benefits for all to enjoy. There are currently 49 miles of developed greenway trails in Mecklenburg County, with more being built every year.”
It is so exciting to see the city has over twenty active projects pertaining to Greenways. With their main focus is expanding Greenways, adding over 31 new miles.
We walk almost daily on the Little Sugar Creek greenway. This Greenway is in Myers Park and connects to Freedom Park, and then goes all the way to Uptown. We love walking on the Greenway, because we don’t have to worry about cars and we have space for our dog and baby stroller. Greenways are typically wider walking path than a sidewalk. Just watch out for bikers!