Saturday, April 30, 2011

Celebration To Mark Grand Opening of Ruth Shaw Trail on Toby Creek Greenway

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation, along with Catawba Lands
Conservancy, the Carolina Thread Trail and the University of North
Carolina Charlotte invite the public to the opening celebration of the
Ruth G. Shaw Trail on Toby Creek Greenway on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 at 3
p.m. Toby Creek Greenway is located in the University City area and
connects the 7.1 mile-long Mallard / Clark's Creek Greenway to and
through the campus of UNC Charlotte.

The new trail is named in honor of Dr. Ruth G. Shaw, a longtime civic
and business leader who is the founding chair of the governing board
of the Carolina Thread Trail, an interconnected trail system in
piedmont North and South Carolina.

Under Dr. Shaw's leadership, nine of the Thread's 15 counties have
adopted countywide master plans for a total of 1,000 planned trail
miles. About 67 miles of trail have opened, and $1,568,002 has been
awarded in catalytic grants from the Thread to community partners who
are advancing the project throughout the region.

The ceremony will feature brief remarks from Dr. Shaw as well as other
distinguished guests.

Toby Creek Greenway was funded by a $1.25 million grant from the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The greenway stretches
two miles and links many neighborhoods in the university area to the
UNC Charlotte campus, allowing many students, faculty, and staff to
walk or ride bikes to the university. Neighborhoods which adjoin this
greenway system include Fairlea, Wellington, Winchester, Mallard
Ridge, Radbourne, Colvard Park, Mallard Trace, Brookstone, and the
University Research Park.

Please park in the Union Parking Deck and walk back to and cross
Cameron Blvd. to the brick walkway that leads to the west campus.