McEachern Greenway extension project planned for March-November
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
CONCORD – After years of planning, work to extend the popular McEachern Greenway in Concord's center-City area will begin in the coming weeks. The Harold B. McEachern Greenway is one of the community assets operated by the City of Concord Parks and Recreation Department.
The greenway generally parallels Branchview Drive and Three Mile Branch, currently extending north from Lawndale Avenue SE to its current terminus north of McGee Park (located at Corban and Branchview). The project will extend the greenway about 1.17 miles to the north, and add a community trailhead, basic parking facilities, and a nature loop trail. Construction is expected to last eight months (click here for a project map and additional details).
The City Council awarded a nearly $1.3 million construction contract for this project to Ike's Construction at the February 9 regular session. While a significant investment, a competitive bidding market brought the project to fruition for less than the amount budgeted in the FY17-21 Capital Improvement Plan.
Additional savings were achieved with in-house design, property acquisition, and construction management provided by the City's Engineering Department. Engineering staff began work on a conceptual design for the McEachern extension in 2011 and completed the design in 2016. With assistance from Buildings and Grounds, City Manager's Office, and Legal staff members, property was acquired for this project between 2012 and 2016.
Fire Department live-burn training on property acquired for this project near the Stonebridge community (274 Patterson Avenue SE) is scheduled for Monday, March 13. Questions about this exercise may be directed to the Fire Department at 704-920-5525.
Since opening as the City's first greenway in 2004, the McEachern Greenway has significantly enhanced the quality of life in Concord. The facility was named in 2003 for Harold B. McEachern, who served on the Concord Board of Aldermen (now City Council) from 1965 to 1977 and was Mayor from 1977 to 1981. He passed away in 2013.
For additional McEachern Greenway extension details, visit facebook.com/ConcordNC. Existing McEachern Greenway phases include about 1.5 miles of trail that create a 4-mile loop when using Downtown sidewalk connections. Future phases of the McEachern Greenway would extend the trail towards CMC-NorthEast and Carolina Mall.
The City Council recently adopted the Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which identifies needs and opportunities for future facilities. Please visit concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 to learn about this Plan, the greenway system, and other recreation opportunities. Questions about the construction project can be directed to Gary Stansbury, Engineering Construction Manager, at 704-920-5404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peter L. Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager