'The Greenway Effect,' and its benefits

Posted 10/7/18

Since the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway was introduced to this community back in 2001, there have been some visible effects on businesses, recreation and other development along the 4.4 miles …

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'The Greenway Effect,' and its benefits


Since the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway was introduced to this community back in 2001, there have been some visible effects on businesses, recreation and other development along the 4.4 miles stretching along Mouse Creek. 

Let’s take a look at what, perhaps, “would not be here if not for the Greenway,” or “what projects were altered to accommodate the Greenway.” I’m calling it, “The Greenway Effect.”

 The current stretch of the Greenway is almost entirely on property that connects with business and retail, as well as what has turned into parks and/or recreation areas.

If we start on the northern end (Mohawk Drive), there would not be a connection with several dozen residents who regularly access the Greenway either through a path or at the Mohawk trailhead.  Some may remember, the land between Mohawk Drive and Paul Huff Parkway was owned by Home Depot before they built in that area. As part of their agreement, they donated that quarter-mile stretch of land for the Greenway. Otherwise the entire acreage would have been storm water mitigation land.

 Between Paul Huff and Mimosa Drive is property owned mostly by Duracell. When they heard a Greenway was coming through they were on board. Previously the land was inaccessible. When Cleveland Utilities built a million-gallon storm water storage tank and the supply line to it, instead of simply returning the area the way they found it, they manicured the stretch of land to accommodate a future Greenway. All the Parks and Recreation Department had to do was form and pour concrete.

 Before the Greenway, there was a 1.2-mile nature trail that trekked through the original Tinsley Park. From the beginning the goal was to improve the trail and have it connect with both ends. That happened in the summer of 2011. As for further enhancements, it's safe to say the beautiful dog park at Tinsley would likely have been located elsewhere without the presence of the Greenway.

 Perhaps the biggest Greenway Effect for our community is Greenway Park. Without the linear park connecting Raider Drive with Northway Plaza under Keith Street, it’s difficult to envision that anything would be there: the playground, pavilion, stage, parking, etc. All of it was inspired by the Greenway.

 Speaking of Northway Plaza, whether it be a yogurt on a hot day from Perkit’s, a meal at Gondolier after a long walk, or even nearby residents that walk to buy their groceries from Cooke’s, the merchants have enjoyed pedestrian traffic that was not there pre-Greenway.

 The latest business to spring up is the new Inn on the Greenway on the south end. I got a tour of the new bed and breakfast last week from owner Margie Keller who has transformed the former By Design Only shop into a beautiful six-bedroom oasis with unobstructed views and direct access to the Greenway. I am looking forward to later this month when the Greenway board conducts a retreat there.

All of the above is in addition to the numerous benches, water fountains, historic markers and other amenities that exist. And it goes without saying that many of the races and other events that happen would not without the Greenway.

 I am grateful that we have a community that supports this project and my hope is that the Greenway Effect will only continue to be even more “effective.”



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