Consultants working to create a greenway master plan for Zebulon are looking for a good response from the community as they share the latest progress from their work this week.
Representatives of OBS Landscape Architects will display maps of the proposed corridors for Zebulon’s future greenway system at an open house set for Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby at town hall, 1003 N. Arendell Ave.
Residents are invited to check out the maps and offer their opinions on greenway locations, amenities and other features to the consultants and town staff.
“This project started as a community-based project – we want the community to build the plan and have input in it,” said Zebulon Public Works Director Chris Ray. “We’re at that critical point where the public input portion is coming to an end and we need to hear back from the public on what’s important to them. We know people’s schedules are busy but we encourage them to come by and share their thoughts and opinions with us.”
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The maps will reflect a mix of professional input and the feedback gathered from the public through surveys and two open house sessions in January.
Through those sessions, residents indicated they would like to see a greenway connect local communities, the downtown district, the library, parks, retail areas and Five County Stadium. People also suggested amenities they’d like to see along the trail, like fitness stations, educational opportunities, benches and restrooms.
Ninety-six percent of survey takers supported the development of a greenway system in town and 98 percent indicated they believe a greenway would boost the local economy.
The formation of a greenway master plan will cost the town $64,750. It is being funded through a three-year, $210,000 grant awarded last summer by the John Rex Endowment, which is also helping Zebulon establish a farmers market.
OBS Landscape Architects plans to bring a more formal plan and presentation to town leaders by late spring or early summer. The study is expected to be completed by the end of July.
For more information on Tuesday’s open house session, call Zebulon Public Works at 919-269-5285.