You’re invited to help us take the next step toward a connected greenway in our area.
The Plaza Midwood Neighborhood Association is teaming with more than a half-dozen other nearby neighborhoods to push for greenway expansion throughout the county — particularly here in East Charlotte. You’re invited to come take a walk along one of the most critical connectors — the DIRTway path between Briar Creek Greenway in Plaza Midwood and the Chantilly Neighborhood Park.
WHAT: A chance to see how close we are to a connected greenway in East Charlotte and how important it is for County Commission to make this connection a priority.
WHEN: Earth Day – Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: Starting at Deli’sh (2801 Central Ave.) then continuing along the DIRTway to McClintcok/Morningside intersection, then on to Legion Brewing.
WHY: To showcase the importance of connected greenways, particularly at Briar Creek, which is currently not budgeted for work until 2023 despite being approved as part of the county’s 2008 master plan.
This is a community-wide event with support from PMNA, the Plaza Midwood Merchants, Charlotte East, the Chantilly Neighborhood Association, the Commonwealth-Morningside Neighborhood Association, Merry Oaks Neighborhood Association, Sustain Charlotte and Greenways For Mecklenburg.
We’re asking neighbors to join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 — Earth Day! — at the new Deli’sh Coffee & Bottle Shop (2801 Central Ave.) for some treats and a pre-walk discussion of greenways in Mecklenburg County.
We’ll then trek about 15 minutes down the future greenway from Central Ave. to McClintock/Morningside, with a few brief stops for discussion.
We’ll end the walk at Legion Brewing, where there will be discounts for attendees on food along with a raffle and, of course, some great beers.
More about greenways
County Commission approved a greenway expansion budget in 2008. Since then, we’ve seen only incremental additions. We’re asking the commission to make greenways a priority, aiming for immediate work on the Briar Creek connector and a fully connected 200-mile greenway in Mecklenburg County by 2035.
Greenways have been shown to:
* Reduce crime
* Improve property values
* Provide open access to all residents
* Encourage bike and pedestrian traffic rather than cars
* Spark business development and attract new residents and businesses
Charlotte currently lags well behind similarly-sized cities in greenways and green space, including nearby Raleigh.
Learn more about the fight to expand greenways in Mecklenburg County at GreenwaysForMeck.com.