We're proud to be a 100% volunteer-led organization with an unprecedented amount of private and public collaboration. Every dollar raised is used to plan, build, and promote the Lindsay Pettus Greenway. We're proud that the Greenway is an integrated component of the City of Lancaster's Downtown Revitalization efforts. Here's what our organization has done and continues to do to cultivate long-standing civic support:
SUMMER 2014 - SPRING 2015
- Assessed and cultivated initial community support for a trail along Gills Creek, in partnership with Katawba Valley Land Trust
- Learned best practices for greenway development by partnering with Carolina Thread Trail
- Organized a volunteer steering committee and became an incorporated nonprofit to gain tax-exempt status
- Hosted public information meeting to gain resident input
ACCRUED SEED FUNDING: $55,000
SUMMER 2015 - SPRING 2017
- Received initial construction drawings & cost estimates for Phase 1 design (the first two miles)
- Launched capital campaign to generate financial support for a 5-mile hard-surface trail with amenities to weave throughout the City of Lancaster
- Engaged more residents, gained more corporate donors, and sought grant funding
ACCRUED FUNDING COMMITMENTS: $900,000
SUMMER 2017 - SUMMER 2018
- Gained permits, under the leadership of our Design-Build Team, including floodplain engineering and traffic intersection analysis for Phase 1
- Advocated for enhanced crosswalks, bike lanes, and bike racks throughout downtown Lancaster, in partnership with the Eat Smart Move More Lancaster coalition
- Developed a new website, e-newsletter, and a stronger social media presence to ensure donors were informed and citizens engaged in the behind-the-scenes process
ACCRUED FUNDING COMMITMENTS: $2.2 MILLION
- Advocated for $2.5 million of County-wide recreation bond referendum to be allocated to the Lindsay Pettus Greenway to complete Phase 1 (the first two miles & environmental education center)
- Partnered with a citizen committee to ask voters to 'Be In Favor' of the recreation bond on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 to increase Lancaster County's per capita spending on much-needed recreation upgrades
- Celebrated a successful County-wide recreation bond campaign on November 6, 2018, which empowered the Greenway with enough resources to shift to construction of Phase 1.
ACCRUED FUNDING COMMITMENTS: $4.7 MILLION
As a result of the Recreation Bond successfully passing, the Lindsay Pettus Greenway is poised to begin construction on Phase 1 in the heart of Lancaster County. The groundbreaking event was held Thursday, April 11th at the Barr Street Auditorium with over 100 people in attendance. Phase 1's route will include:
- Two miles of the trail system meandering along Gills Creek
- Environmental education center (nature pavilion, parking area, restrooms, and viewing piers) near Colonial Avenue & Roddey Drive
- Three public trailheads, including:
- Gillsbrook Road & Survey Street
- Colonial Avenue near North Elementary & Lancaster High schools
- Barr Street theatre, off of E. Meeting Street
SUMMER & FALL 2019
- Inaugurated Phase 1's trail construction with Duke Energy volunteers clearing and removing brush in June. Remaining construction is being led by Perception Builders.
- Conducted a flora and fauna inventory with professional naturalist Josh Arrants of Arrants Outdoors in partnership with Katawba Valley Land Trust. This information will not only be used for signage at the environmental education center, but will lead to educational content for school field trips.
- Facilitated strategy sessions with various departments of the City of Lancaster to ensure the Phase 1 of the Greenway meets the community's expectations
- Engaging community partners throughout Lancaster County and the Charlotte region to develop a plan for ongoing public programming on the Greenway, including environmental education and public art
- Continuing to construct Phase 1 (led by Perception Builders) in hopes to open in Fall 2020
- Shifting our sights to plan and design Phase 2 of the Greenway
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We're a 100% volunteer-led organization with unprecedented private/public collaboration. Every dollar that we raise help to plan, build, and promote the Greenway. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed. Donate securely online through PayPal or mail checks to: Lindsay Pettus Greenway, PO Box 1776, Lancaster SC, 29721.