U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon’s efforts are bringing Rutherford County’s greenways one step closer to a connection with Nashville’s greenway system.
“Rutherford County is one of the state’s fastest growing areas, and these greenways help us preserve treasured green spaces in the midst of that phenomenal growth,” Gordon said.
“The trail system will help us protect the high quality of life that Rutherford County residents enjoy by expanding our recreational opportunities and even providing a method of alternative transportation from our homes to nearby parks and schools.”
The U.S. House of Representatives approved $500,000 in funding Tuesday to allow the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to plan improvements to the trail systems along the East Fork of the Stones River. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.
The trail improvements will eventually serve as connectors for Nashville and Rutherford County’s greenway systems, and they complement greenway extensions underway across Rutherford County.
Design is nearing completion on a segment of greenway in Murfreesboro that will extend to the south, connecting Old Fort Park to Highway 99 and eventually continuing to Barfield Crescent Park. To the north, initial planning is underway on a segment from the Siegel schools area to Walter Hill. Additionally, Smyrna and La Vergne officials also plan to connect their cities’ greenways.
Two separate trail sections will eventually connect Rutherford County and Nashville’s greenways, and those are the sections the Corps will plan with the funding. One of the segments would run from Walter Hill Dam to Smyrna, and the other segment would connect Smyrna and La Vergne’s greenways with Nashville’s through Long Hunter State Park.
“Our greenways are progressing from individual trail systems to a network that winds throughout Rutherford County and continues on to Nashville,” Gordon said. “La Vergne is beginning to create its greenway, Smyrna is making great strides in constructing miles of trails, and Murfreesboro’s greenway is expanding to even more areas.
“Nashville’s greenway planners are doing their part to extend the greenway from downtown to Long Hunter State Park. When this is completed, the trails will stretch from Barfield to downtown Nashville, and that is a truly amazing accomplishment.”