Whether you are an experienced trail user or are new to the Greenway concept, you may have questions! Here are a few frequently asked questions:
What is a greenway?
A greenway is a paved surface trail that can be used for recreation, transportation and conservation purposes. In our case, the Lindsay Pettus Greenway will also incorporate boardwalk.
When will the Lindsay Pettus Greenway be ready for public use?
We anticipate that the Greenway will be ready for public use by Fall 2020. As with all construction projects, completion is mostly dependent upon the weather. Other factors such as contractors' schedules also have a big impact.
How long is the trail? What is the width and surface type?
Phase 1 of the Lindsay Pettus Greenway will be just over 2 miles long in length. When we construct Phase 2, the entire length of the Greenway will be over 6 miles long. The width of the path will be 10 feet, leaving ample space for people to pass by one another with ease. We’re using a combination of asphalt and boardwalk along the pathway’s surface to ensure users of all abilities can enjoy nature.
What activities will be allowed?
You will be free to bike, jog, stroll, scoot, roller skate, walk, dance, run, skip, tricycle, leap-frog … you get the idea! With the exception of motorized wheelchairs, the Greenway will be safely guarded from motorized transportation. Golf carts, motorbikes, and automobiles will not be allowed on the trail.
Will the trail flood?
Yes. Many parks, trails and greenways are intentionally designed on flood zones. It is a great way to use green space that can’t otherwise be used for residential or commercial development. Knowing this, we have several methods to mitigate the flood waters from significantly impacting the pathway, all of which were approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) before we could begin construction. The best thing Greenway users will be able to do about flooding is to wait a few days until the water recedes into Gills Creek.
Who will maintain the trails?
After construction is complete, maintenance and operations will primarily be under the scope of the City of Lancaster. The Lindsay Pettus Greenway, Inc. will assist the City by organizing service opportunities for volunteers, garden clubs, scout organizations, and others to assist with special projects, litter control, seasonal landscaping, nesting boxes, and other maintenance needs. In addition, we encourage all Greenway users to be good stewards by picking up any litter or dead branches that may be on or around the trail pathway.
Where will I be able to park?
There will be two main locations where residents can park their cars to access the Greenway. Visitors can park at the Barr Street Learning Center and at the Environmental Education area on Colonial Drive at the Lancaster High School football stadium visitor lot. We thank the Lancaster County School District for collaborating with us and agreeing to this shared parking arrangement.
Who is the land owner?
The Katawba Valley Land Trust owns much of the acreage of property on which the trail and the Greenway facilities lie. Several other parcels belong to the City of Lancaster, Mt. Zion AME Church, Springland, and Lancaster Funeral Home. We're grateful to these landowners who have given the Lindsay Pettus Greenway, Inc. easements that allow us to construct a public trail on their property.
What is being done to ensure public safety?
Safety along greenways and trails is one of highest importance. In an emergency, it is important to note where you are and call 911 for medical or law-enforcement response. Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant has been on our Board of Directors for several years and is excited to have bike and foot patrol officers all along the pathway. We're also working with Fire & EMS to ensure Greenway users will have access to quick emergency response. Research shows that greenways and trails can discourage crime and vandalism in many areas. When activated by people, these areas no longer serve as places for people to loiter, dump trash, vandalize or engage in criminal activity because there is too great a risk that they will be discovered.
How is this being funded?
Funding has been secured through private donations and public funding. Private donations are critical to providing matching funds to attract public dollars. The constructed two-mile section of Phase 1 was funded by many generous private donors, small businesses, large corporations, the Lancaster County Recreation Bond, and the State of South Carolina.
What are you going to do about the wildlife?
We will encourage Greenway users to keep a safe distance and bask in the awe of the natural world. It's important that we do not disturb wildlife or plants just for a ‘better look.’ We are a visitor of their home and habitat, and we encourage you to recreate responsibly!
Who was Mr. Lindsay Pettus?
Indian Land resident Lindsay Pettus was a well-respected, passionate leader who served to protect the natural and cultural resources in the Catawba River Valley for 40+ years. In the 1980s, he was a key leader in the efforts to preserve Forty Acre Rock. In 1992, Lindsay founded the Katawba Valley Land Trust and served as its' president for twenty years. Through Lindsay's conservation vision, the Land Trust has protected over 8600 acres, including the 350 acres along Gills Creek where the Lindsay Pettus Greenway is being constructed.