As the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway continues to grow in popularity and becomes a regular part of the fabric of our lives, the more people are taking note of what is needed to enhance the …
As the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway continues to grow in popularity and becomes a regular part of the fabric of our lives, the more people are taking note of what is needed to enhance the experience for all of us.
If you have been to Greenway Park lately, you may have noticed the addition of a side room to The Stage. While the construction is complete, the next thought might be, “What is it for?” This new addition is part of a grant received to equip the stage with permanent outdoor lighting and sound. The room will house the equipment needed to operate the system.
Like the nearby pavilion, The Stage has become a “go to” venue for so many events, most recently the 175th anniversary celebration of the city of Cleveland, held on Nov. 5. When the project is complete, there will be rigging that will hold specialized lights and speakers, eliminating the need to rent and set up equipment for events.
Another addition is a new mural under the 17th Street bridge. The project is the work of artist Ryan Snyder and coordinated by the Greenway Public Arts Committee. The walls of the underpasses are natural canvases.
Several years ago a mural was painted by artist Jaime Barks underneath the 20th Street bridge. It has been a popular marker along the 4.2-mile Greenway, so when GPAC received a request from Rep. Kevin Brooks to contribute something patriotic along the Greenway, the 17th Street underpass was a great fit.
The rendering of the state of Tennessee in the flag colors of red, white, and blue can be seen from Keith Street. In addition, the artist painted the three stars of the flag and the seal of the city of Cleveland on each side of the bridge.
Finally, a unique and exciting addition will be completed by the first of the year. Many may have noticed the renovation of an old house situated on the Greenway at the end of Stuart Road and 14th Street. The former knick-knack store, By Design Only, is being transformed into the Inn on the Greenway, a venue that will have multiple uses, according to the new owner Margie Keller and her husband, David.
Margie tells me the new inn will have five bedrooms, 5 1/2 baths, a common kitchen, two living areas, large dining area and a beautiful, covered porch that overlooks our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. It will be available for small events, such as reunions, anniversaries and birthday parties.
While there are connections to parks and businesses along the Greenway, the Inn on the Greenway will be the only freestanding structure with direct access. An Open House is being planned as well as the launching of a website. Please contact Margie at 423-284-3056 for more information.
It’s safe to say that these three “good things” would not be happening if it wasn’t for the Greenway. It is unlikely The Stage would exist, because there would be no Greenway Park. The space under 17th Street would not be accessible, and while the new inn may have become what it is becoming, it would not have the same “panache” as an inn located on a beautiful and popular Greenway in the middle of an urban wildlife habitat.
Thanks to the city of Cleveland for applying for the grant for The Stage improvements. Thanks go to Brooks for funding the new mural. And kudos to the Kellers for their investment. All have made good things happen on our Greenway!
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