NC PARTF grant awarded for Henry Greenway Riverwalk phase
Friday, August 31, 2018
CONCORD – The City of Concord is planning one of the 27 local parks and recreation projects to receive over $6.7 million in grant funding from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund for FY2018-19, as announced by Governor Roy Cooper.
The City of Concord's award for $350,000 will assist in constructing the Riverwalk phase of the Hector H. Henry, II Greenway and is the full amount requested. Although PARTF awards generally require a dollar-for-dollar match, Concord's award will leverage over $1.6 million in the City's capital reserve fund allocated for the project.
Work will include constructing 1.4 miles of asphalt trail in the latest phase of Concord's longest greenway project, named in July 2013 in honor of Council Member Dr. Hector H. Henry, II. Henry served for over thirty years on the City Council. He began his service as an Alderman in 1973 and continued until 1989. Following a four-year rest, he was again elected to serve as a Council Member in 1994 and continued until passing away on Thanksgiving Day, 2013.
The Riverwalk phase will be the City's eighth overall greenway construction project, and the fourth completed phase of the Henry Greenway. The Riverwalk phase will connect to and extend the existing trail near Weddington Road Bark Park to the Riverwalk neighborhood at Clover Road NW. Nearby parking and trailheads are already available at Weddington Road Bark Park and at the Embassy Suites/Concord Convention Center. The connection to Clover Road will be pedestrian only, designed for residents in the Riverwalk area to access the greenway. Other completed phases are adjacent to the Moss Creek Village community.
The Henry Greenway will eventually follow the banks of the Rocky River 14 miles through Concord. The river enters City limits when it passes under Davidson Highway (NC 73) and continues through Concord until after its confluence with Mallard Creek, where it enters Harrisburg and unincorporated Cabarrus County.
As part of the Carolina Thread Trail, once completed the Henry Greenway will provide connections upstream to Kannapolis and Davidson, and downstream to Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harrisburg, and the Cross-Charlotte (XCLT) Trail in the University Area.
The Concord City Council will formally consider accepting the grant funding in the coming months, and once a grant agreement with PARTF is executed the City will proceed with soliciting bids on the project from contractors. The City anticipates construction beginning in early 2019 and the new phase opening to the public in early 2020.
The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund is administered through the state Division of Parks and Recreation and was established in 1994 by the N.C. General Assembly. Over 800 grants have been awarded, exceeding $170 million. The City of Concord has received five grants since 2000, totaling over $1.7 million.
To find out more about the City of Concord's greenway system and other recreation opportunities, contact Parks and Recreation at concordparksandrec.org or call 704-920-5600.
Peter L. Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager