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What is the status of the plans for the Smith Creek Greenway?

Calvin Shomaker
StarNews
Anna Fernandez, left, and Delmys Reyes walk along the path at Smith Creek Park in Wilmington Tuesday, October 18, 2011.  Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

Anna Fernandez, left, and Delmys Reyes walk along the path at Smith Creek Park in Wilmington Tuesday, October 18, 2011. Staff Photo By Matt Born/Wilmington Star-News.

The plans for Smith Creek Greenway have been put on hold, according to Tara Duckworth, New Hanover County’s director of Parks and Gardens.

“Right now, we are partnering with the Department of Transportation and moving forward on more low-hanging fruit projects,” Duckworth said. “The Smith Creek Greenway connection will stay on the radar, but I don’t anticipate any funds becoming available soon.”

The proposed greenway was recommended in the county’s Capital Improvement Plan for 2016-2020 (page 20) and was estimated as a two-year, $1.2 million project.

Each year, the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization receives around $2.5 million in federal funds for pedestrian and bike paths projects. The proposed greenway would provide nonmotorized transportation for nearly 5,000 local residents, according to multiple surveys mentioned in the plan.

Smith Creek Park’s current amenities include a pond for freshwater fishing, a boat ramp for small paddle boats and kayaks, a dock and pier, picnic shelter, playground and a 1.3-mile paved multi-purpose trail.

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