The town of Chapel Hill held a groundbreaking ceremony for Bolin Creek Trail Saturday to mark the initiation of the trail extension project under Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard westward to Pritchard Avenue Extension.
At the ceremony, which coincided with National Trail Day, town council member Donna Bell spoke about the accessibility, safety, connectivity and water control that the extension will provide, referring to Bolin Creek Trail as a “jewel to Chapel Hill.”
Project manager William Webster said that eventually people will start to leave their cars behind and use the town's trail network to get around.
“We know from other communities, that once your trail system connects to enough things people will start using them for transportation to get from point A to point B,” Webster said.
The Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department installed a counter on the trail in January. That month 13,580 counts were recorded.