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The community will soon have a chance to influence the futuristic green road that will connect some state institutions and condos to downtown Morganton.
On Thursday, August 4, the North Carolina College of Science and Mathematics will host a flash meeting at Goodwin Hall on its campus to share information about a proposed alignment (path) for the future of Hunting Creek Greenway.
Interested community members are encouraged to attend between 5:30 and 7 p.m. to view the proposed alignment maps and watch a short presentation explaining the project scope, schedule, history of previous planning efforts, and preliminary analysis of the project study area.
The presentation will run continuously throughout the evening, so that attendees can come to the meeting at any time between 5:30 and 7 p.m.
The Hunting Creek Greenway is a proposed approximately 1.5-mile trail that follows Hunting Creek through several state-owned properties, including Western Piedmont Community College, Broughton Hospital, North Carolina School for the Deaf, and North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Ultimately, the driveway portion will connect the properties to downtown Morganton, providing more connectivity and walking within the city.
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“Hunting Creek Greenway is a fantastic opportunity to connect the many educational facilities and future residential and commercial redevelopment opportunities to downtown Morganton and its greater green system,” said Tim Johnson, Director of Outdoor Recreation Planning at Destination by Design. “By utilizing this state-owned public land, we can engage students, residents, and visitors to the area with a scenic opportunity to enjoy active outdoor life, while maintaining safety and connectivity within the Morganton Greenway system.”
Murphy’s Farm Apartments, a luxury residential development, is also located in the area.
Hometown Strong and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources have engaged Destination by Design, an economic development and planning firm based in Boone, to lead the Hunting Creek Greenway project.
Hometown Strong, an initiative that creates a partnership between state agencies and local leaders to support rural communities, helps leverage state and local resources, identifies ongoing projects and community needs, and implements focused plans to boost the economy, improve infrastructure, and strengthen North Carolina towns. .
Local leaders of the project include representatives from Broughton Hospital, Western Piedmont Community College, North Carolina School for the Deaf, North Carolina College of Science and Mathematics, the City of Morganton, Burke County, the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the North Carolina Department of Parks and Recreation.
Representatives from Development by Design will be attending the August 4th meeting and are excited to hear feedback from the community