Five Mile Creek Greenway

The Five Mile creek Greenway project, which hopes to connect the cities of Brookside, Center Point, Fultondale, Gardendale, Graysville and Tarrant with a walking trail, held a ribbon cutting ceremony in Gardendale on Wednesday. 

A new section of the Five Mile Creek Greenway is now available for bikers, runners and walkers in Gardendale.

On Tuesday, the city finished laying crushed limestone from Jew Hollow Road to Shady Grove Road, connecting the path to Fultondale’s Black Creek Park. Upon completion, the Five Mile Creek Greenway will stretch 16.5 miles across the cities of Brookside, Center Point, Fultondale, Gardendale, Graysville and Tarrant.

“Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of the cities and the mayors of north Jefferson County, we’ve acquired 16-and-a-half miles of rail corrode, which is going to be the longest trail in central Alabama,” said Tom Thagard of the Freshwater Land Trust at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

Together, the completed sections that connect Gardendale to Fultondale measures a little less than six miles, according to avid runner and cyclist Roger Mauldin, who frequents on the trail.

Gardendale Public Works Director Dale Hyche says the trail system is suitable for everyone from serious cyclists to stroller-driving moms.

The project first took motion in 2002 and advanced significantly once the Five Mile Creek District bought 16.5 miles of rail corridor from CSX Transportation.

This ever-growing project has already attracted nature lovers, exercise enthusiasts and even casual walkers to the scenic path in northern Jefferson County.

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at sports@njeffersonnews.com

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