COMMUNITY NEWS

New phase of McEachern Greenway now open
Monday, December 4, 2017

Teena McEachern Boone, daughter of the late Harold McEachern, joins Mayor Scott Padgett at one of the monuments bearing her father's name along the McEachern Greenway. For additional event photos visit bit.ly/McEachernCabarrus


CONCORD – After years of planning, the newest phase of the popular McEachern Greenway in Concord's center-City area is now open. 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, extending north from Lawndale Avenue SE past Cabarrus Avenue E. The recently completed phase added a new 1.2-mile segment north of the former terminus near McGee Park (located at Corban Avenue SE and Branchview Drive). The project also added a community trailhead, basic parking facilities, and a nature loop train the northern end of the alignment.

City officials and members of the McEachern family
celebrated the new phase at a ceremony in McGee Park on Saturday, December 2.

"Since opening as the City's first greenway in 2004, the McEachern Greenway has significantly enhanced the quality of life in Concord," said Mayor Scott Padgett. "We haven't stopped building greenways since then because they have been so popular, whether you are walking or running, riding a bike or pushing a stroller, or have two legs or four. It is a pleasure to be with Harold's family today and remember him as we continue to add recreation opportunities for Concord's citizens."

Ike's Construction, Inc. completed the
project in about eight months at a cost of approximately $1.3 million. 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.

"I hope you have the opportunity to get outdoors and walk our newest greenway segment," said Parks and Recreation Director Bob Dowless. "Our youngest citizens can take their experience to the next level by participating in one of our
Greenway Adventures programs."

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.

The combined McEachern Greenway phases now create 5.2 miles of amenities, including 2.7 miles of trail and a
4-mile loop using Downtown sidewalk connections. Future phases of the McEachern Greenway would extend the trail towards CMC-NorthEast and Carolina Mall.

Please visit
concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600 to learn more about the greenway system and other recreation opportunities.