Greenway Set to Expand
The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday, February 27, set into motion the first steps in adding more than a mile to the Germantown Greenway. The contract approved by the Board includes design services for two additional sections of the paved trail. When complete, Germantown Greenway users will be able to travel all the way to Midtown Memphis and back without using public roads.
The first section, an approximately 0.4 mile trail, will connect the existing trailhead near Kimbrough Road to the west to Nashoba Park. The section includes a pedestrian bridge and will allow Greenway users to travel along the River’s edge behind the existing medical buildings instead of using the sidewalk near the busy intersection of Wolf River and Kimbrough.
Another 0.75 mile section will extend the trail from the Cameron Brown connector trail east to a new trailhead at Wolf River Boulevard and Farmington. This section will include two pedestrian bridges and a trailhead featuring a plaza, parking and picnic tables.
"This trail design which continues the route along the river's edge will allow users to experience even more interesting places in the Wolf River Nature Area, making it a multiuse trail for discovery, recreation and transportation,” said Parks and Recreation Director Pam Beasley. As on the other Germantown Greenway sections, the new trail sections will undulate and meander creating an even flow for users. This connection to nature and the great outdoors is what draws users to the greenway and the reason folks in Germantown love their trails,” she added.
Availability of outdoor spaces that encourage people to move more is key to the City’s Germantown Forward 2030 strategic plan and to the City’s “Healthy Germantown” program. "For many Germantown residents, walking and biking are key components of their fitness regimen, as such the Germantown Greenway system and trails found in the parks that they walk and bike on are major contributors to the overall "fitness" of our community,” said Beasley.
The contract approved by the Board covers design and construction engineering inspection services to be provided by Smith Seckman and Reid at a cost of approximately $373,000. As a Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) project, 80% of the total project cost, including construction, will be reimbursed to the City.