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Little Sugar Creek Greenway - Huntingtowne Farms Park to I 485

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Little Sugar Creek

Cyclists enjoy the finished greenway between Huntingtowne Farms Park and I-485


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​This segment extends the Little Sugar Creek Greenway 2.2 miles from Huntingtowne Farms Park to I-485. This is a combined stream restoration and greenway construction project.  The stream restoration will change the banks of Little Sugar Creek to reduce erosion and improve water quality.

This greenway segment is part of the Cross Charlotte Trail, which will eventually connect t​o Cabarrus County to the South Carolina state line. This greenway is also part of the Carolina Thread Trail​, a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties in two states.

The Little Sugar Creek Greenway Master Plan, created in 2004, and the Comprehensive Park & Recreation Master Plan Update, completed in April 2015, recommended the completion of Little Sugar Creek Greenway to the South Carolina border as a high priority. The Little Sugar Creek Master Plan comprehensively describes and illustrates the long-range improvements for the 15-mile greenway, which is a portion of the Cross Charlotte Trail. ​

  • ​To promote alternative transportation

  • To promote health and fitness

  • To cultivate a diverse community and diverse recreational opportunities

​Many public meetings were conducted to receive community input on the character of the corridor and the amenities and access to be provided. A steering committee, composed of a cross-section of elected officials, private citizens and Mecklenburg County staff were assembled to help inform the planning process. In addition, a needs assessment survey revealed that 64 percent of all residents felt the role of greenways as a connected network of walking, biking and nature trails was very important. More greenways​ are needed to enhance connectivity that will be provided by the Cross Charlotte Trail.

A public meeting took place in October 2015 to give residents an overview of the project and the proposed alignment. View the presentation.​

$5 million

Funded by Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation capital funds