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Charlotte, NC-- Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department invites the public and the media to a celebration of federal stimulus funding for Toby Creek Greenway at 11am on Tuesday, November 10, 2009, near Kirk Farm Fields, 210 East Mallard Creek Church Road. The soon-to-be built Toby Creek Greenway will connect the 7.1 mile-long Mallard Creek/Clark's Creek Greenway system to and through the campus of UNC Charlotte. This is also the first greenway to attract federal stimulus funding for construction

A $1.25 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will build this phase of Toby Creek Greenway, which will run about two miles. Construction is expected to start before the end of the year, and the greenway is expected to take about 12 months to complete. The project runs along Toby Creek.

This section of greenway will link many neighborhoods in the university area to the UNCC campus, allowing many students, faculty, and staff to walk or ride bikes to the university. The greenway will also link to schools, parks, apartments, retail shopping, and neighborhoods. Neighborhoods which adjoin this greenway system include: Fairlea, Wellington, Winchester, Mallard Ridge, Radbourne, Colvard Park, Mallard Trace, Brookstone, and the University Research Park.

Toby Creek Greenway will start at Mallard Creek Greenway near North Tryon Street, run though the western part of the university campus and on to NC Highway 49 near Harris Blvd. A spur trail will also connect to University Place and the Shoppes at University. Toby Creek Greenway will also provide a future connection to the planned rail transit station along the Blue Line Extension of Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS).

Brief remarks at the celebration will be made by Mecklenburg Commission Chairman Jennifer Roberts; Mecklenburg Park and Recreation Commissioner Owen Furuseth; Peter Franz, Director of Facilities Planning at UNCC; Park and Recreation Director Jim Garges; and Chairman of the Greenway Advisory Council, Tim Morgan.

Toby Creek greenway was originally slated for funding with 2004 Park and Recreation bonds, but the County was unable to issue them because of its "debt diet."