Raleigh celebrates completion of Walnut Creek Greenway trail

04/10/2014 3:29 PM

04/10/2014 3:30 PM

The city marked the completion of the Walnut Creek Greenway trail with a dedication ceremony for the final leg on Tuesday.

The Walnut Creek Greenway now extends more than 15 miles from Lake Johnson across the southern part of the city to the Neuse River. The last 4.5-mile section of the trail, from Rose Lane to the Neuse River Trail, was completed in February.

The extension cost about $3.7 million to build. The paved trail follows Walnut Creek and surrounding wetlands and includes nearly a mile of boardwalk. The money for the project came from three sources: a parks bond issue that Raleigh voters approved in 2007; a transportation bond issue approved in 2009, and the state’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

The Walnut Creek trail is part of the broader Capital Area Greenway system and includes connections to Pullen Park, N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus, the State Farmers Market, downtown, the Walnut Creek Wetland Center and the Walnut Creek Softball Complex.

The newest section can be accessed from trailheads at Worthdale Park, the softball complex, New Hope Road and the Neuse River Trail parking lot on Poole Road.

While the section dedicated Tuesday is relatively short, it ties Raleigh’s inside-the-Beltline greenway system to the Neuse River Trail, making it possible to bike from Crabtree Valley Mall and the N.C. Museum of Art to Clayton or Knightdale for rides of more than 30 miles.

Construction continues on the final 4.1-mile section of the Crabtree Creek Greenway, which will extend from the WakeMed area east to Anderson Point Park and the Neuse River Trail. The Crabtree Creek trail is set to be completed this fall.

In North Raleigh, the Honeycutt Creek Greenway is being extended north to Raven Ridge Road near the Wilkerson Nature Preserve – a trail that should be complete next summer.

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