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Will someone provide parking for Cross-City Trail users near Eastwood and Rogersville roads?

Ken Little
StarNews
Cyclists use the Cross-City Trail to ride to Wrightsville Beach in 2010. StarNews file photo

Cyclists use the Cross-City Trail to ride to Wrightsville Beach in 2010. StarNews file photo

Q. Do the city or the developers of Autumn Hall plan to build a parking area for the users of the Gary Shell Cross City Trail at the intersection of Eastwood and Rogersville roads? This is a very popular area of the trail for short walks or bike rides with no proper place to park. Users are parking along Eastwood Road during the day or on the old area where a motel used to exist on Autumn Hall property.

A. The city has no plans to construct a parking area for trail users in the vicinity of Eastwood and Rogersville roads, said Amy Beatty, city superintendent of recreation and downtown services.

“All of the funding obtained to date to develop the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail is allocated for trail construction,” Beatty said.

Trail users are encouraged to park in the various parks connected by the trail such as Empie Park, McCrary Park and Piney Ridge Nature Preserve, she said.

“City staff recognizes that most of the public parking opportunities are on the western and southern sections of the trail and that there are very limited opportunities for parking along the eastern portion of the trail,” Beatty said.

In response to the parking shortage, the city “has plans to develop a public-private collaborative parking initiative,” Beatty said.

The program may include sponsorship opportunities for businesses and churches along the trail in exchange for allowing trail users to park at their businesses, she said.

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When will the Waltmoor Road section of the Cross City Trail be completed?

Did the Trasks back out of letting the Cross-City Trail go through Autumn Hall?

 

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