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What is the Green Crescent Trail?
What is the Green Crescent Trail? Will it be similar to the Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville County, SC or the Doodle Trail between Easley and Pickens, SC?
In short, the Green Crescent Trail is a all about its connections (#GoConnect). It’s a proposed *network* of multiple pedestrian and biking paths. And their purpose will be to improve the quality of life, economic vitality, and public health in the greater Clemson-Central-Pendleton community. Because it will actually be many connected trails, we call it the Green Crescent Trails (aka GCT).
And the Friends of the Green Crescent is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded and run by local community members. We’re leading a movement to bring the GCT to reality and to make our community more pedestrian & bike-friendly.
Above all else, the Green Crescent Trails movement is about connections.
Our Mission: #GoConnect
The GCT is not a rails-to-trail initiative. We don’t have an abandoned railway that can be converted to trails. Instead, the GCT vision is to connect the amazing destinations that already exist within our community.
The actual trails will be a mix of on and off-road paths. They will include shared-use paths for pedestrians and bikes (like the Swamp Rabbit and Doodle Trails), but they will also include sidewalks, natural paths (dirt/mulch), protected bike lanes, shared use roads, and pedestrian crossings.
The common theme is making those connections safe and user-friendly for all users, from an 8-year old on a wobbly bike to an 80-year-old on wobbly knees.
We believe that our community already has amazing assets. But these assets could be made even better if the attractions themselves and the connections between them were more pedestrian and bike- friendly.
That’s where the Green Crescent Trails come in! The GCT will run both:
- between our community’s important locations, like connecting the town of Central and the City of Clemson
- and within the locations themselves, like improving sidewalks or paths in a neighborhood, a park, or a downtown district.
Speaking of locations, let’s take a look at what the GCT will actually connect.
What the Green Crescent Trails Will Connect
Here are some of the places that local community members identified as connection-worthy for the Green Crescent Trails:
- Clemson Experimental Forest (over 17,000 acres)
- Lake Hartwell
- Abernathy Park
- Veterans Park in Pendleton
- Grand Central Station – disc golf course
- Central-Clemson Indoor Recreation Center
- Ashley Dearing Park
- Nettles Park
- Clemson Park
- 12-Mile Recreation Area
Downtown Districts & Village Centers:
- Pendleton Village Green
- Clemson downtown
- Central main street/downtown
- Patrick Square village center
- Clemson Elementary
- Central Elementary (Central Academy of the Arts)
- Pendleton Elementary
- Daniel High School
- Riverside Middle School
- RC Edwards Middle School
- Clemson Montessori School
- Clemson Area African American Museum
- Clemson Little Theater
- SC Botanical Garden
- Central Railroad Museum
- Woodburn Historic House
- Brooks Center For the Performing Arts
- The Arts Center of Clemson
- Central History Museum
- Pendleton Library
- Central-Clemson Library
- Clemson University Library
- new development
The Big Picture View
When you put the key landmarks on a map, the obvious connections between them become more clear. The map above is from the 2016 Feasibility Study funded by Pickens County, the City of Clemson, the Town of Central, and Southern Wesleyan University. Both Clemson University and the Town of Pendleton completed their own, separate pedestrian and biking studies.
For now, most of these connections are simply lines on a map. In some cases like on Berkeley Drive in Clemson, there are existing sidewalks and bike lanes.
The vision of the Friends of the Green Crescent is to turn those map lines into real pathways that will improve our community. And that is what our movement is working to make happen right now.
Future articles will talk in more detail about current projects, our implementation plan, and how the Green Crescent Trails could be funded.
But for now, here’s an image to help imagine what the Green Crescent Trail could do for our community.
If you are interested in the Green Crescent Trails movement, we’d love your help! Here’s what you can do.
- Read the 2016 Green Crescent Trail Feasibility Study if you want more details
- Get email updates about future articles, videos, and more from the Friends of the Green Crescent
- Follow us:
- Contact your local government officials and ask them to support the Green Crescent Trails!
- City of Clemson
- Town of Central
- Town of Pendleton
- Pickens County Council
- SC State Representative
- Your time. Be and advocate with us. We’re fun! Let us know you’re interested.
- Your connections. Help us identify other donors and supporters.
- Your dollars. Help us continue our advocacy efforts by donating (tax deductible) to the Friends of the Green Crescent Trail
We look forward to creating the Green Crescent Trails together with you – one step at a time!
Final Results of Trail Study to Be Revealed at May 26th Public Meeting
On Thursday, May 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm the Friends of the Green Crescent will host a public meeting at Southern Wesleyan University. At the event, members of Alta Planning and the Friends of the Green Crescent will share the results from an ongoing feasibility study for the proposed Green Crescent Trail in the Clemson-Central-Pendleton areas.
For more details, visit the event page:
Hendersonville Tennessee Greenways & Bike/Ped Trails
Bicycle and pedestrian trails improve the quality of life for residents in our community. Some of the benefits for Hendersonville residents include:
• Having a bike/pedestrian trail in close proximity of where they work or live
• A place where residents can meet and discuss the events of the day
• An opportunity to exercise for people of all ages and abilities
• A place for families to safely walk and bike
• A chance to bike to work or run errands without the worries of traffic
• A unique way to take in the scenic beauty of Hendersonville
Trail Effects on Neighborhoods: Home Value, Safety, Quality of Life
Are trails safe? How do they affect property values of adjacent residents? These perennial issues have been the subject of a few studies which find that trails are quite benign in their social impact. The facts haven’t stopped groups organized against rail trail development from trumpeting that the few instances of crime are proof that trails are unsafe.