Full urban section of greenway open

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A big celebration was held along the banks of the Little Sugar Creek with the official opening of miles of paved paths along the Greenway.

Now bikers, walkers and runners can go all the way from the Park Road Shopping Center to the campus of Central Piedmont Community College.

"It's been a 12 year labor of love," said Dr. Tony Zeiss, President of CPCC who has a stretch of the trail named in his honor.

"This greenway is for children, for adults, for everyone to enjoy," he added.

Over those 12 years much work has been put into transforming the area.  Flood prone buildings had to be torn down, a parking lot had to be demolished, creek beds and banks were rebuilt and the creek had to be cleaned up.

"I grew up seeing Little Sugar Creek as the sewage dump that it was," said Mecklenburg County Commissioner Jennifer Roberts who rode her bike along the greenway today.

"Now if you live in my neighborhood you can come all the way into the city and not be fighting traffic," she said.

So far, the project cost a total of 43 million dollars.  When complete, the greenway will feature over 19 miles of trails and land connectors, from Toby Creek Greenway on North Tryon Street to Cordelia Park just north of uptown.

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