First Greenway Officially Opens on Friday

While LaVergne may be several years behind the greenway trend, the very first one will officially open this Friday. Brookside Greenway is located on the west side of I-24 and at 2:00 p.m., the official ribbon cutting is scheduled to take place.

What is a greenway?  According to National Trails Training Partnership,

Greenways are corridors of protected open space managed for conservation and recreation purposes. Greenways often follow natural land or water features, and link nature reserves, parks, cultural features and historic sites with each other and with populated areas.

The majority of people in the neighborhoods of Farmingdale and Dove Creek are very excited and supportive of the greenway, which will eventually be next to a community park. However, the origins deserve some attention.  In February of 2006, during the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting, several resolutions were passed.

A motion was made to hire professional services to apply for a Recreation Trails Program (RTP) Grant for the Brookside Park. Then-alderman Gann said the proposal would be to hire Lose & Associates to complete the grant application. Then-alderman Mosley asked if the city did not get the grant, would the city still have to pay $5000 (the answer was yes). Then-alderman Mosley asked if the city had its own grant writer (the minutes did not reflect an answer given).  The motion was made by Alderman Gann and it was seconded by Alderman Waldron.

The vote:  Mayor Green – Yes
Vice Mayor Erwin – No
Alderman Gann – Yes
Alderman Mosley – No
Alderman Waldron – Yes

Resolution 2006-02 allowed the application for a grant from the Recreation Trail Program by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for the Brookside Park.  Alderman Gann made the motion to approve and Alderman Waldron seconded.

The vote:  Mayor Green – Yes
Vice Mayor Erwin – No
Alderman Gann – Yes
Alderman Mosley – No
Alderman Waldron – Yes

So if anyone wants to know who approved the whole greenway / trail, it is in the minutes.   This link might work if you want to see for yourself.

The city did win the grant and the board waited until 2011 to follow through with building the greenway.  While money is tight this year, if the city did not complete it by December 2011, the money 1) would be gone, and 2) likely prohibit the city from getting future grant money by earning the reputation of not using grant money previously given.

In the end, the greenway location is beautiful and any future park located there will be a huge boost for the neighborhood.

My sources tell me that eventually when the Brookside subdivision behind Dove Creek and Farmingdale expands, more parking will become available as the park also expands.  VISION, my friends.

Photo by Cris Lane Photography.

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