Officials break ground on a multi-use greenway system
Construction is underway on phase I of the Euchee Creek Greenway, a 4.3-mile trail that will connect Canterbury Farms with Patriots Park. The Greenway is a series of off-street bikeways, walkways and trails that will connect neighborhoods, parks, schools and communities across the county and the region.
Funding for the design and construction of phase I is part of the general obligation bond that was approved by voters in 2016. Construction is expected to take a year to complete.
“The second phase will have to be based on funding. Hopefully, we can put it in T-SPLOST,” Doug Duncan, chairman of the Columbia County Board of Commissioners, said at a groundbreaking ceremony in June.
Upon completion, the multi-phase project will cover 26.5 miles from the city of Grovetown to the south to the Savannah River to the north. Depending on the topography of the area, trail types will include shared-use paths, sidewalks, boardwalks and bridges. The multi-use path will travel through native wetlands, lowland forests, rolling hills and along creek banks where users can experience the various ecosystems and natural resources of Columbia County.
In addition, the Greenway will improve connections between neighborhoods such as Riverwood Plantation, Villages of Greenbrier, Bartram Trail and Knob Hill. The system ultimately will feature public art, environmental education opportunities, wayfinding signs and on-trail amenities as well.
For more information visit www.ecgreenway.com.