A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Phase I of the Candies Creek Greenway, which will be constructed on the west side of Interstate 75 in Cleveland on the former site of Rolling Hills Golf …
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Phase I of the Candies Creek Greenway, which will be constructed on the west side of Interstate 75 in Cleveland on the former site of Rolling Hills Golf Club.
Cameron Fisher, chairman of the Greenway Board of Directors, said the project launch represents, “the largest expansion of the greenway system since its inception in 2001.”
Phase 1 of the greenway will include a 1.1-mile pathway along the creek from the south side of Candies Lane near Inverness Drive to the west of where the creek passes under Interstate 75, according to Fisher.
"The greenway will cross the creek midway, incorporating the oldest steel truss bridge in the state, and terminate just before the creek meanders under Interstate 75," Fisher told the Cleveland Daily Banner.
Fisher said the greenway will ultimately connect the new Candy’s Creek Cherokee Elementary School to Fletcher Park, which will include a 5.5-mile pathway. It will also connect to Cleveland Middle School, as well as Westmore Church of God and Westwood Baptist Church.
“This greenway will connect two school campuses, two churches, future retail establishments and about a dozen major subdivisions,” Fisher told the Banner. “It will provide hundreds of students a safe walking path to school. Once retail establishments go up, those students’ parents could go shopping or stop off at McDonald’s after a run. And on Sunday the families could walk to either of two churches of their choice!”
Westmore Church of God, a primary land partner for the project, acquired the 178-acre Rolling Hills Golf Club in 2006. It is deeding the portion of the land needed for the project.
The staff of the city of Cleveland, particularly the Public Works department, will be performing most of the labor, according to Fisher.
Westmore lead pastor Kelvin Page said the church’s vision for the community has involved construction of the greenway.
“We believe the greenway will serve all generations of the community,” Page said.
Primary funding for the Phase 1 project was donated by Bob Card and Robby Card.
“The Card family has been faithful supporters of the greenway in our community and their donation has allowed this expansion to move forward,” Fisher told the Banner. “We are very grateful for their partnership along with the city and the property owners who have come alongside of us.”
Since construction of the greenway broke ground in 2001, “4.4 total miles of the original 13-mile vision between the Village Green Town Center and the Hiwassee River have been built, not including several spurs and other connections,” Fisher said.
Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks complimented Fisher for his dedication to the project.
"I am very proud of Cameron and his leadership," Brooks said. "This is a great day."
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