The Town of Carrboro adopted the Bolin Creek Greenway Conceptual Master Plan nearly 14 years ago. The plan is the first comprehensive guide for the greenway's construction and has allowed for greater walking, wheeling and bicycling accessibility along the Bolin Creek and James Creek corridors.
In March, the Carrboro Town Council requested that public input be received before it makes a decision on the alignment of the trail.
Now, the council wants to hear from the community about where the Bolin Creek Greenway should go and how to best implement the master plan. This public comment project, which is open through September, is called ‘Which way for the greenway?’
“We landed on the phrase ‘Which way for the greenway?’ to be sure that it really describes the primary question at hand,” Catherine Lazorko, Carrboro’s communication and engagement director, said. “There seems to be a lot of things that people want to talk about or explore with regard to this area along the creek, but this engagement effort is focused on these alternative alignments.”
The Bolin Creek Greenway Conceptual Master Plan will be completed in five phases, two of which — phases 1a and 1b — are already complete and in use.
The completed plan would consist of 4.8 miles of trail allowing residents from both Carrboro and Chapel Hill to safely travel from Wilson Park to Morris Grove Elementary School and anywhere in between in Carrboro.
“One of the benefits of having a completed greenway network is that it will finish the job of linking together neighborhoods, connecting community members to schools and really knitting neighborhoods together,” Carrboro Mayor Damon Seils said.
The future of the greenway could follow any one of three directions: the Creekside Trail alignment, the Upland Forest alignment and the Bolin Connector alignment.