Posts Tagged ‘greenway’

Exploring Walnut Creek Greenway

Monday, July 26th, 2010

Over the past few weekends, when the weather was a little less hot and humid, I started to explore the Walnut Creek Greenway which runs East-West between I-40 and Tryon Road. There is a new trailhead that now connects to Lake Wheeler Road across from the Farmer’s Market. I was on the trail this past weekend before it got too terribly hot. The Walnut Creek Greenway is a hidden gem for those that haven’t found it yet.

Start your exploration near the Farmer's Market

Start your exploration near the Farmer's Market

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What’s happening at Lake Johnson?

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Have you been over to Lake Johnson lately and wondered what’s going on? Why is the parking lot on Lake Dam Road closed and what’s up with some of the trail being blocked off? See the announcement below from the City of Raleigh for details and timelines.

CITY OF RALEIGH TO RAISE LAKE JOHNSON DAM

Lake Johnson Dam will be raised one to two feet to increase the facility’s capacity to handle severe rain events. The work is part of the City of Raleigh’s improvements to the dam. Work has begun on the dam rehabilitation project, with completion set for next spring.

In June 2006, rains from Tropical Storm Alberto damaged the spillway structure of Lake Johnson Dam. (more…)

SWCAC Budget Concerns for June 2010

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
Community money

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At the May 2010 meeting of the South West Citizens Advisory Council (SWCAC), one of our main topics was budget. The context is things we need money for in our neighborhoods. One thing we’ve learned in SWCAC is that if you don’t ask the City Council for it, you’ll never get it.

The most recent example is the neighborhood park we’re trying to establish at the corner of Lineberry Drive and Sierra Drive. (more…)

Walnut Creek Greenway Tours

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Tours to Explore the Capital Area Greenway System from Lake Johnson to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center and Beyond

Benson Kirkman and Anne Franklin, with the help of Bill Flournoy and Norman Camp, are organizing a series of tours that will provide early information-gathering in preparation for an annual celebration of Walnut Creek which will begin in September 2011. They’d like to build a cadre of people who know the whole trail first-hand. Get involved early, plan to join them for all or several of these tours.

They’ll be exploring opportunities and challenges for anyone who travels the path.
Some sections are unfinished. We hope that our efforts may result in the completion of the Walnut Creek Greenway from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. The largest features are Lake Johnson, Pullen Park, the Dorothea Dix Campus, Chavis Park, and the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. One major tributary’s path is also included.

They’ll provide maps, other tools, and a snack. You should wear comfortable clothes and shoes and carry a water bottle or whatever drink you like. Some tours will include travels by car. Your job will be to do notes, photographs, or drawings to share that capture what you notice during the walk.

The tours are ‘rain or shine’ events unless there is a major storm.

Please call or email Anne Franklin about which tours you will attend: 919-829-5851 or annesfranklin@mindspring.com. They will appreciate a 24 hour notice if you are unable to attend any tours to which you commit. Let them know if they may assist with accessibility.

October 24, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk to the confluence of Rocky Branch and Walnut Creek near the CAT Bus Garage and return.

October 31, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the fishing piers on Lake Raleigh on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. This will combine walking and driving and end back at the piers.

November 7, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the CAT Bus Garage, walk along Rocky Branch, through the Dix Campus and through the NCSU Main Campus. We’ll shuttle back to the start point.

November 14, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30
Meet at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center, walk east to Rose Lane and return.

November 21, 2009, 9:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Lake Johnson Boat House, walk to Trailwood Drive and return.

Thanks to Anne Franklin for submitting this information and organizing these explorations of the Walnut Creek greenway system.

DDNA Meeting Notes October 2009

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Over 30 people attended the monthly meeting of the District D Neighborhood Alliance (DDNA) on the morning of October 17, 2009. After introductions, we talked about who we would like to have as special guests for future meetings. Upcoming guests include Captain Perry, Tom Stafford, and Kristen Rosselli. The group reviewed some upcoming items for City Council, had introductions from the Downtown Living Advocates, Renaissance Park neighborhood, and member announcements.

The November meeting for DDNA will be held at Renaissance Park. Elizabeth Byrd to coordinate pot luck breakfast. (more…)

Bike Lanes for Trailwood Drive?

Friday, June 26th, 2009

If you’ve been down Trailwood Drive this week, you’ve noticed that NCDOT (North Carolina Department of Transportation) has been working on the shoulders.  The work being done is not for a bike lane or a multi-purpose path.  Many residents from the Lineberry Alliance have suggested some type of bike & pedestrian connection from our neighborhood to the Greenway on Trailwood Drive.

The shoulder work is only correcting an ongoing maintenance issue.  NCDOT contacts said they were having problems with the low shoulder.  Apparently, vehicles were running off the road and creating a drop off at the edge of the pavement.  (more…)