Reedy Creek Greenway is a +/- 2.74 mile multi-use path around a portion of the Reedy Creek Park perimeter, a 927-acre Nature Preserve in Northeastern Mecklenburg County. Benesch assisted Mecklenburg County with plans for a proposed greenway that will connect to the Preserve’s 10-mile trail network and other destinations including the Historic Rockhouse Ruins, the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies and a variety of recreation facilities. In addition, Benesch will assist Mecklenburg County with public engagement sessions in the future including to prepare meeting exhibits, assist with the presentation logistics, and take notes. Coordination with various agencies such as CDOT, various Mecklenburg County regulatory agencies, USACOE and NCDWQ is anticipated.
The Nature Preserve protects a natural heritage site and is home to a variety of unique plant and animal communities. Benesch worked closely with the Natural Resource and Park and Recreation Department staff to route the greenway using GPS equipment in order to reduce impact to the area. Multiple routes were field staked and vetted to ensure a greenway could be developed while minimizing disturbance to the Nature Preserve.
Benesch is currently working closely with Mecklenburg County AFM to coordinate the proposed greenway and trail access with a new Charlotte Water line along Plaza Road Extension. The goal of this task is for the greenway and waterline to share a common development corridor, further reducing impacts to the Nature Preserve.