April 21, 2006
MECKLENBURG COUNTY'S MALLARD CREEK GREENWAY: NEW SECTION MAKES IT LONGEST IN THE COUNTY
Charlotte, NC — The Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will celebrate the opening of a new section of the Mallard Creek Greenway with a special ceremony on Sunday, May 7, 2006. The celebration will take place at 2 p.m. at the greenway entrance beside the UNCC athletic fields. The fields are located at 210 East Mallard Creek Church Road (corner of Highway 29 and Mallard Creek Church Road behind the Citgo convenience store).
The addition of this new and picturesque 1.6 miles of gracefully curving paved trail marks an important milestone for the entire greenway system. It makes the Mallard Creek/Clarks Creek Greenway the longest continuous greenway in Mecklenburg County, stretching more than seven miles. It also includes a privately owned gravel section running University Research Park.
The new greenway section links many neighborhoods in the university area and links them to the athletic fields. The next leg of this greenway, due to open in a year or so, will actually run along Toby Creek to and across the UNCC campus.
The official opening of this greenway section also coincides with Bike Week, May 6 – 13, in Charlotte. The Bike Charlotte group is highlighting the greenway in its activities all week. After the short opening ceremony there will be bike tours, guided hikes, and a scavenger hunt for items along the greenway. Anyone present may participate. The parks department expects groups of cyclers and many greenway users for the opening ceremony.