Triad community’s effort to build a greenway gets a boost

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An effort to build a greenway in southwest High Point is a step closer for those looking for a good place for a leisurely walk, run or walk.

The Southwest Renewal Foundation of High Point Inc. has received a $10,000 grant to fund the Southwest High Point Greenway. The grant is one of 10 Doppelt Family Trail Development Fund grants awarded by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to support significant regional and community trail development goals. The greenway project was selected from a field of 182 applications nationwide. 

“We are pleased our rails-to-trails project in Southwest High Point is recognized nationally by this $10,000 grant to help with development of Phase 1 of the Southwest High Point Heritage Greenway,” said Dorothy Darr, director of the Southwest Renewal Foundation.

Phase 1 of the project is a 1.8-mile portion of High Point’s Heritage Greenway that starts at the mass transit terminals and follows the railway of the High Point Thomasville and Denton Railroad before ending at Harvell Park and Spirit Center. The estimated cost to construct Phase 1 of the project will be $1.47 million, according to the Southwest High Point Greenway Feasibility Study from March 2015.

According to the study, the goals for the project include the preservation of green space, the creation of safe places to walk and bike and the promotion of economic development and revitalization.

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