Greenway projects are set to sprout like spring

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
Posted 2/17/15

Projects will be sprouting this spring on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.

They include a much-anticipated stage, another restroom and a long-sought connector to North Ocoee Street.

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Projects will be sprouting this spring on the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway.

They include a much-anticipated stage, another restroom and a long-sought connector to North Ocoee Street.

The stage will be constructed on the portion of Greenway Park closest to Raider Drive. The stage would face toward the pavilion.

Greenway Board Chairman Cameron Fisher said electric lines have already been run to the site and the needed power transformer has been installed.

“It is very much going to match the architecture of the pavilion and the restroom, as far as the roof and the timbers,” Fisher said.

The stage will be a triangular platform with the two sidewalls, leading up to a timber beam roof similar to the roof on the existing structures. It will be 30-by-30 feet. A ramp on one side will add ease of access for performers with disabilities and make setting up equipment easier. Men and Women of Action will be completing the project.

“We really want to have it completed by April 11,” Fisher said.

If the stage is complete by April 11, there will be a ribbon cutting that day as part of the “Chalk the Walk” activities.

Men and Women of Action will also be busy completing a restroom project near the Church of God International Offices.

The project will be sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cleveland and the Sunrise Rotary Club. Fisher said a groundbreaking is scheduled for Feb. 23.

“Feb. 23 is Rotary’s birthday, the 110th birthday of Rotary,” Fisher said.

Expansion of the connections to neighborhoods is moving forward.

In 2013, the Greenway was awarded $496,000 through a Tennessee Department of Transportation grant to extend the Greenway from Tinlsey Park to North Ocoee Street.

“The left side (of the street) will have a nice, wide sidewalk, and that will lead to where the Greenway is going to start. The Greenway is going to start on North Ocoee Street at Ocoee Crossing,” Fisher said. “It is going to go behind Logan’s and under Keith Street and all the way behind the ballfields at Tinsley Park.”

Fisher said logistics and paperwork have delayed the start of the connector.

Completion of the project will open up pedestrian access to the Greenway to some of Cleveland’s older neighborhoods, Fisher said.

Talk of another project at Tinsley Park has already begun as dog lovers and the Greenway board discuss details for a dog park.

Fisher said fundraising will be coordinated through John Sheehan and the Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County.

“They are really the drivers behind this,” Fisher said. “He has seen several outside Cleveland. There is one in Destin (Fla.) that he really likes (and helped build) and has modeled ours after it. I’m so content to let them do it. I don’t know enough about dog parks to know what’s needed.”

Sheehan said donations can be made to the Community Foundation of Cleveland and Bradley County “in care of the Cleveland dog park.”

Amid these projects, new banners are being placed on the Greenway with sponsorship and renewal opportunities. Fisher said the response has been good.

The location of the latest addition to the linear park’s art collection is also an anticipated announcement for the coming months. Fisher said a few locations are being considered, but approval from the Cleveland City Council would likely be required before a final location can be determined.

“Spirits of Mouse Creek” will be a tall sculpture created from a cedar tree. Cherokee sculptor John Grant was commissioned by the Greenway board and the Allan Jones Foundation to create the piece.

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