Greenways are the most-requested recreational amenity, connecting neighborhoods, schools, shopping, parks, and communities. Greenways are transportation corridors, creating real activity-based options to get where we’re going. As economic drivers, greenways encourage growth and local spending along their respective connected routes. Just as important, greenways support resource protection and enhance our enjoyment of the natural world around us.
What is Greenways for Mecklenburg?Greenways for Mecklenburg is a nonprofit organization established to advocate for the accelerated completion of the greenway system in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The group's purpose is to promote collaboration with existing community partners, provide opportunities for community involvement and encourage increased public funding as well as private and corporate donations and grants for greenway construction.
By creating alliances with existing greenway and trail advocates, like the Carolina Thread Trail, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, Partners for Parks, corporate sponsors, and private contributors, Greenways for Mecklenburg aims to forge partnerships aligned with a common goal, support trail building and greenway construction projects in Mecklenburg County, and provide a single connection point between new and existing greenway advocacy efforts.
Advocating for greenways can be as simple as emailing your neighbors about a new greenway project, or attending a greenway section opening ceremony. Want to get even more serious about your commitment? How about organizing a neighborhood greenway clean up, or contacting your Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners? Every effort matters. Greenways for Mecklenburg wants to make it easy for anyone and everyone to find a way they can support the Foundation’s goals.
Mecklenburg County greenway construction is currently funded by county bonds, approved by Mecklenburg County voters. But that money doesn’t keep up with the community's desire for more greenways. It will take significant private and individual contributions to reach the Foundation’s goal of 100 miles of greenway by 2030. The good news is, every dollar counts toward the efforts and donating to the Greenways for Mecklenburg Foundation is easy, secure, and simple to do!