Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Trails and Greenways

Location: Mecklenburg County, North Carolina

In 2006, Lose & Associates, under the direction of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation Department, began initial planning on several new greenways over the course of several years. Each included master planning, public engagement, engineering, permitting, and construction administration.

One project was the Toby Creek Greenway, a 1.6-mile paved multi-use trail that begins near the University City Blvd./E. WT Harris Blvd. interchange, parallel the eastern side of Toby Creek through campus, and connects to the Mallard Creek Greenway on the north side of Mallard Creek. The final greenway features a separated grade crossing of Toby Creek Road (via an underpass utilizing the existing culvert on Toby Creek) and a bridge connection over Mallard Creek. Lose & Associates completed permitting with the Army Corps of Engineers and the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The greenway, part of the Carolina Thread Trail, is now complete and open to the public.

 Another was the .88 mile Stewart Creek Greenway, an urban greenway located in a historic neighborhood district that connects to the Irwin Creek Greenway.  This project included significant State of North Carolina stream buffer and wetlands coordination with the proper review authorities.

A recent project was the 0.5 mile Irwin Creek Greenway extension. Here, significant flood analysis was necessary for the proper permitting of the trail’s underpass of a major road.