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Posted on: April 21, 2021

City paving more greenway, increasing access for residents

City staff load a paving machine onto a trailer

City staff paved 1.5 miles of greenway during the past couple of weeks bringing Lenoir's total paved greenway to nearly 9 miles. The City's goal is to connect residents to recreation centers via greenway and sidewalks.

Public Works Department crews paved another section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail (OVNHT) from College Avenue south to Morganton Boulevard last week. Workers also paved a section of greenway from the Lenoir Rotary Soccer complex to Sassafras Court in the Parkview subdivision, a section between Sherlee Street and Severt Circle, and a section at Mulberry Recreation Center from Mulberry Street to the Waterlife Church parking lot.

City Manager Scott Hildebran said the next step is to connect the various segments of greenway around Lenoir via street crossings, sidewalks, or more greenway.

"The Hospital Avenue sidewalk project is also moving forward. Once that's complete, residents near downtown will have sidewalk access to the library and the greenway," Hildebran said.

In February, the City received a $250,000 Recreational Trails Program grant to design and build three street crossings along the OVNHT that runs through downtown. The grant will help connect the OVNHT between Harper and College avenues.

Once the City gets all the segments connected, many residents will be able to walk or bike to the greenway and then take the greenway to any of the City's recreation centers and Downtown Lenoir.

"We want residents to be able to get on the greenway at the aquatic center and go all the way to Mulberry Rec or the Martin Luther King Center, and vice  versa," Hildebran said. "We just have to keep working to make those connections."

Altogether, the City of Lenoir has about nine miles of paved, accessible greenway and another three-plus miles of gravel and dirt trails. In addition to paved greenway, the Zacks Fork Bike Trail offers nearly three miles of off-road trail for mountain biking. The trail is  near the Lenoir Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Click here for more information about the greenway.

Click here to view the Greenway Map (PDF).

Map showing new paved greenway from College Ave to Morganton Blvd

City workers paved a section of the OVNHT from College Avenue to Morganton Boulevard (green line). The trail is also paved from Harper Avenue to North Main Street. 

The OVNHT near Morganton Boulevard

A section of newly paved rail trail at College Avenue

The OVNHT near College Avenue

Map showing new paved greenway from Sherlee St to Severt Cir

City workers extended the greenway in the Lower Creek area from Sherlee Street to Severt Circle (green line).

A section of new greenway that starts at Sherlee St and runs north to Severt Circle

New, paved greenway at Sherlee Street

Map showing new paved greenway from the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex to Sassafrass Cr

The new section of greenway at the Lenoir Rotary Soccer Complex (green line) connects to Sassafras Court in the Parkview subdivision.

A section of new greenway near Sassafrass Court in Lenoir

New, paved greenway off Sassafras Court

Map showing newly paved greenway at Mulberry Recreation Center.

Public Works paved the section of greenway at Mulberry Recreation Center (middle green line) today. The green line on the right shows existing greenway at the Optimist Park. The blue line is a possible path across the parking lot of the old mall.  The green line on the left is existing greenway between the old mall parking lot and Harrisburg Drive. 

New greenway Mullbery Rec Center. Waterlife Church is beyond the trees in the background.

The new section of greenway at Mulberry Recreation Center runs from Mulberry Street to the Waterlife Church Parking lot.

New greenway at Mulberry Rec Center. Mulberry Rec can be seen in the background.

Newly paved greenway at Mulberry Recreation Center with the center in the background.

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