Cross Charlotte Trail

Little Sugar Creek Greenway at Brandywine Road, with flags marking the start of the new segment
Michael Falero / WFAE

The City of Charlotte has started construction on a new section of greenway. It’s part of a larger plan for a network of greenways called the Cross Charlotte Trail that will go from the South Carolina border to Cabarrus County. The project had a significant funding shortfall earlier this year, but it’s now back on track.

City of Charlotte

The city of Charlotte offered suggestions Monday night for how to finish the Cross Charlotte Trail, but the proposals don't include new money to help close a $77 million shortfall to finish the project.

Tasnim Shamma / WFAE

The city of Charlotte has said it doesn’t have enough money to finish the Cross Charlotte Trail – a 26-mile continuous bike and pedestrian trail from one of the county to the other.

Map shows the area studied as part of the SouthPark neighborhood improvement program study.
City of Charlotte

For the past four months, city leaders, residents and business owners have been talking about what kinds of infrastructure improvements they'd like to see in Charlotte's SouthPark area. Ideas include updating symphony park to become more of a town square and adding greenways connecting to the cross-Charlotte trail.

Lisa Worf / WFAE

Greenways are nothing new for Charlotte. These pedestrian and bicycle paths are scattered throughout the county, but most sections are only a few miles long. That’s about to change. A project is in the works to link some of these paved paths and create one continuous greenway from Pineville northeast to the Cabarrus County line. The effort isn’t just about recreation, but also economic development.