Central council backs Green Cresent Trail Project
Published: September 9, 2016
Greenville News - Pickens County News Section - by Ron Barnett
Central Town Council has formally endorsed the Green Crescent Trail project which would create a 35-mile recreational trail connecting the town with Clemson and other destinations in the area, according to a resolution.
The council’s action is the latest step in making the vision promoted by a group of volunteers called the Friends of the Green Crescent a reality.
Clemson City Council is scheduled to consider a similar resolution on Oct. 3.
Central’s resolution states that the proposed trail “will bring economic and quality of life benefits to the Town of Central and other communities along the trail.”
The action incorporates a trail feasibility study completed in June into the town’s comprehensive plan and calls for appointing a member of the Town Council or town staff to the Green Crescent Trail advisory board.
"The Friends of the Green Crescent could not be more excited to have the formal support of the town of Central for the Green Crescent Trail,” said Chad Carson, president of Friends of the Green Crescent Trail board of directors.
“Like the Swamp Rabbit has done for Travelers Rest, the Green Crescent Trail could help the small businesses and wonderful cultural destinations in downtown Central to flourish.”
Alta Planning + Design, the same company that designed the Doodle Trail between Easley and Pickens, is working with the Green Crescent group on its trail development.
The study outlines 35.7 miles of bicycle and pedestrian routes with a total cost of more than $25 million that would be developed in small phases over a period of years.
A route from downtown Central to Southern Wesleyan University was designated as one of the first phases that would be built, at a cost of about $600,000.
The city, in its resolution, “agrees to support efforts, both financially and otherwise, to plan, build, and maintain the actual Green Crescent Trail within the limits of the Town of Central and to place wayfinding signage for the trail."
Southern Wesleyan, as well as Clemson University, have committed to help with the trail’s development. The cities of Clemson and Central already helped fund the feasibility study. Pendleton is working on a trail system of its own that would connect to the Green Crescent.
For more information on the Green Crescent Trail, go to www.greencrescenttrail.org.