City wins $700,000 grant for greenway extension
Runners, walkers and bike riders would be able to go from Jackson Park to the city's new Berkeley Park if the Hendersonville City Council moves ahead with a 1.4-mile extension of the Oklawaha Greenway.
It's likely to happen because the city received a grant to pay for most of it.
The city received a $700,000 grant from the state DOT to help pay for the 7,400-foot extension from Patton Park to Berkeley Park along Mud Creek, city engineer Brent Detwiler told the council during a planning retreat Friday.
The city would have to pay roughly $400,000 to finish the project, which is estimated to cost a total of about $1.1 million. The DOT grant will be available in the transportation department's 2014-15 funding cycle. The city engineering department has requested that same amount in the city's 2014-15 budget.
Starting in Jackson Park, the Oklawaha Greenway follows Mud Creek, crosses North Main Street and ends now at Patton Park. The extension would connect it to Berkeley Park, which the city plans to develop as a more active park.
The city has received a master plan that includes ballfields, soccer fields, a playground, walking trails and other improvements at a cost of $4.2 million.