County seeking input from public on recreational opportunities
In an effort to provide more recreational opportunities to residents, Harnett County announced a new Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Plan. The plan is guided by a Steering Committee representing a range of perspectives, and will draw upon a large group of stakeholders for input throughout the process. County residents are also encouraged to be part of the planning process through surveys, public workshops, and other public comment opportunities.
The Harnett County Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway plan will focus on bicycle, pedestrian, and greenway routes and trails, setting the stage for implementation of a County-wide multi-use trail system. These trails will link parks, schools, municipalities, cultural points of interest, and residential areas within Harnett County, and will be designed to connect to surrounding counties.
The goal is to develop a community-supported plan that can be successfully implemented through a capital improvement plan as well as through programmatic strategies and operations.
“Improving access to parks and trails is a critical part of our work to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for Harnett County residents, “stated Harnett County Parks and Recreation Director, Carl Davis. “We’re creating a County-wide Bicycle, Pedestrian, & Greenway Master Plan to shape the development of future amenities for walking, cycling, and trails and to make Harnett County a more attractive place for prospective residents and businesses.”
The planning process includes five phases, project start up, data collection, draft plan, final plan, and plan adoption, that offers input from the public, participation and direction from the project Steering Committee, and public presentations of draft and final plans.
Currently, the plan is in phase two, data collection, where residents are encouraged to complete a survey to help shape the development of future recreational amenities and participate in workshops later this year. To complete the Harnett County Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Plan survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/harnettgreenwayplan.
Harnett County partnered with Alta Planning + Design, North America’s leading multi-modal transportation firm, to facilitate this plan.
“The County looks forward to working with Alta Planning and our community partners serving on our Steering Committee to develop the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway plan,” stated County Manager Paula Stewart. “A county-wide greenway system is a critical investment in our County and will have a tremendous benefit on the quality of life of Harnett County residents, families, and visitors for years to come. More than ever before, having outside recreational opportunities is essential.”
To learn more about the Harnett County Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Plan, visit https://www.harnettgreenwayplan.com/ or contact Harnett County Parks and Recreation at 910-893-7518.
About Alta Planning
Alta Planning + Design is North America’s leading multi-modal transportation firm that specializes in the planning, design, and implementation of bicycle, pedestrian, greenway, park, and trail corridors and systems. Alta’s mission is to create active communities where bicycling and walking are safe, healthy, fun, and normal daily activities. Our team of planners, designers, and engineers work to help communities identify needs, build support, prioritize improvements, and implement a wide range of projects. Alta’s staff is energetic, dedicated, and we practice what we preach. We strive to make biking, walking, and mass transit an integral part of our daily lives. We are committed to transforming communities with one trip, one step, one street, park, trail, and intersection at a time.