Hope everyone had an enjoyable fall weekend – got outdoors, maybe hit the Orange Line of the Swamp Rabbit, hopefully recharged your batteries. As usual in no particular order, here we go:
- Route of the Green Line from Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR: THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to the amazing property owners who have given generously of their land. It sends an incredible message when 8 property owners donate over 1.3 miles of corridor so that the Green Line of the Swamp Rabbit Trail system can expand by 5.4 miles. You can view the planned route by going to the Greenville County GIS (click here) then clicking Maps – Layers – Map Layers – Places of Interest then scroll down to “Planned Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail Extension”
- Repaving of Green Line between Travelers Rest and Greenville: We are working on a plan to start repaving the original sections of the trail in the next 12 months. We have met on the trail with Bike Walk Greenville and Trees Upstate to develop a plan to repave the trail, repair the shoulders and protect the tree canopy. When repairs and repaving starts please be patient and help spread the word because the work may create some inconveniences for trail users.
- Mountain Goat Gear Swap, Oct 17th, 5:30- 8:30: The Mountain Goat is a non-profit that works with over 40 local organizations to provide free outdoor trips, mentoring and job opportunities for middle and high school students. Click Here to get the details on how you can help the cause while cleaning out your gear closet and put some cash in your pocket all while having a good time.
- Diagonal Crossing at Airport Rd approved by City of Greenville and SC DOT: Part of the Green Line expansion will include the first diagonal crossing with green paint in the Upstate. It will function like the existing light on the Green Line at Sulphur Springs Rd (so please remember to push the button. This intersection is near a hotbed of activity and will be another great destination along the Swamp Rabbit network. So much to do around this intersection, from picking out a puppy, to visiting the playground at Runway Park, to munching on a taco from White Duck Taco, to enjoying the Military History Museum. Click here to see the plans for the crossing.
- City hires new Mobility Coordinator: Congrats to Calin Owens on his new position. I meet bi-weekly with Calin and others in the City’s Park and Recreation division so it is exciting times for active transportation.
- Rent the Conference Bike and tour the Furman campus: It’s a 7-seater bicycle that is a great way to create smiles while covering some miles. If you are curious what it looks like just “Google” “Conference Bike”. If you want to try it out call our office at 864-288-6470 to set up a reservation. Scott McCrary donated the bike so all revenue goes back to trail and bike related projects. Rental rate is $150/day.
- Progress on the Lakeview Link statue: Jack-of-all-trades Ryan Calloway has finished the base and strider bike for Charles Pate Jr’s little girl sculpture to ride on. Check out Bike Walk Greenville’s Facebook page for the latest images. The plaza should be finished by the end of the year.
- City working on Green Line corridor master plan: As most of you know the Cleveland Park to CU-ICAR expansion of the Green Line will have a transformative impact on this part of the city. For that reason the City of Greenville’s Economic Development Department created a study area that includes private property and public right-of-way located within approximately ¼ mile on either side of the With this plan, we hope to create a unified vision and implementable strategy to shape development and link these properties to the Swamp Rabbit. A 26-person stakeholders steering committee recently held their first meeting. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities for input.
- Support Trees Upstate (has grown from Trees Greenville) because they support parks: Here are the highlights of the impact that Trees Upstate has had in Greenville County Parks alone! 1112!! 15-gallon trees planted, 62 species and cultivars, 3883 volunteer hours!!! These volunteer hours include two years of help maintaining the trees so they get off to a great start. And of course Trees Upstate works well beyond the boundaries of Greenville County Parks to make generational impacts. So please consider either running or volunteering in their upcoming Turkey Day 5k/8k/Tot Trot so we, as a community, can continue to do great work.
- 5 Bridges planned for the Green Line Expansion: The 22+ mile Swamp Rabbit Trail system has already proven to be a strong community transportation network, providing people a choice on how to get around Greenville County. With the expansion of the Green Line, 5 bridges will be in place to create safe and enjoyable active transportation for all. 2 of the bridges are upgrades to existing bridges, 3 will be new bridges. A Request For Proposals (RFP) has been advertised to find the contractor that will fabricate these bridges (click here for details). We are encouraging the contractors to propose iconic bridges like we have designed in this concept rendering. This design provides form and function, highlighting the Swamp Rabbit Trail system and in sympathy with the Liberty Bridge while staying within a responsible budget.
- Timeline for the Green Line Expansion: As just mentioned, an RFP has been advertised. Once the contractor is secured we will advertise in early Spring for a contractor to install the bridges as well as the long approach ramps. The time table and sequencing provided by this contractor will allow us to determine the time of paving the entire trail and thus the opening day of the trail. So stay tuned and thank you for your patience and support.
- 5 minute survey: Help with data driven decision making. People for Bikes is a national coalition. Hopefully you have 5 minutes to complete this survey to help with data for Greenville County.
- Convert rail cars into Air BnB’s: I want to do this! Why can’t we do this? If you have the wherewithal to make it happen give me a call. If you are just curious check out this link to get inspired of what we could be or even go rent one in NC.
Alright this Hoppenings has hopped far enough. Thank you all for being engaged and reading this far. Thanks for all of you that smile, say hello and welcome all that are sharing our trails..
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