Haw River Trail receives land on Saxapahaw Island

jblack@newsobserver.comJune 21, 2014 

  • Donation Ceremony

    When: 10 a.m. Saturday

    Where: Saxapahaw Rivermill, 1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd., Saxapahaw

— Football games may once again return to Saxapahaw Island.

The Haw River Trail will receive 18.4 acres of land on Saxapahaw Island donated by Waste Industries, a Raleigh-based waste collection company. The island, frequented for pick-up games and picnics, was previously a part of the Saxapahaw community.

“This property was heavily used by the public. It’s always been a big part of the Saxapahaw community,” said Brian Baker, Haw River Trail coordinator. “One of the things we like to do at Saxapahaw is find places that were public spaces at one time and have been removed and try and return it to a public domain.”

The island, nearly 30 acres, is one of the largest in the river. The other portion of the island is currently privately owned.

The Haw River has more than 1,300 acres with 50 miles of land and paddle trails. Plans for the area have yet to be determined.

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