Roanoke, VA – The Roanoke River Greenway is one mile closer to full connectivity with the opening of a new section that intersects Peters Creek Road. To celebrate this new pathway, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, July 24, at 11 a.m. Parking for the ceremony will be near the cul-de-sac at the end of Blue Ridge Drive.
With an overall cost of nearly $1 million, this new one-mile section begins at Ariel Way Drive and passes under Peter’s Creek Road where it travels adjacent to Blue Ridge Drive. The paved pathway terminates at the Salem City line right next to the MB Contractors corporate office building.
Coincidentally, MB Contractors was the sole contractor that built this entire section and their President, Todd Morgan, is delighted with the completed project and its proximity to their office space. “Our staff is thrilled to have a place to walk or bike this close to our office; we can only imagine the excitement of local residences! MB Contractors continues to advocate for the Greenways, as we fully believe in the life enhancements these trails bring to our citizens and tourists alike. This is another great asset for which Roanoke should be proud,” he said.
Steve Buschor, Director of Roanoke Parks and Recreation, is particularly fond of this new section of greenway. “This is a quiet and peaceful stretch that entices the senses. You can hear the river, see an abundance of wildlife and smell all of the natural plants that line the greenway,” he said. “For the short term, this is a great place for greenway enthusiasts to get a peaceful out-and-back stroll.”
As it stands, this section of the Roanoke River Greenway is isolated, but by the fall of 2017, it will extend nearly two miles more to connect at the Bridge Street trailhead, which will complete the city’s 11-mile portion of the Roanoke River Greenway.
As a resource for greenway enthusiasts, Roanoke Parks and Recreation recently divided all of city’s greenway sections into separate routes. To see these routes that include mileage, terrain information and difficulty levels, visit www.PlayRoanoke.com/greenways. For information on all greenways in the Roanoke Region, visit www.Greenways.org.
As a nationally accredited agency, Roanoke Parks and Recreation strives to deliver parks, recreation facilities and activities that are attractive, accessible and provide memorable experiences that move the body, mind and emotions. For information about our best-in-class services and facilities, visit PlayRoanoke.com.