Harnett County To Host Information Sessions For New Bicycle, Pedestrian, And Greenway Plan

Virtual Sessions to be held on October 6 and 7

Harnett County will host two virtual information sessions on October 6 and 7 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM to discuss the Draft Harnett County Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Greenway Plan. The plan will serve as a guiding framework to provide more recreational opportunities to residents. County residents are 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 three, Draft Plan, where residents are encouraged to attend information sessions to learn about the draft plan. The information sessions will cover the same material, featuring public input received to-date and a review of the draft plan recommendations. Attendees will be able to submit questions and comments and participate in live polling throughout the presentation. Residents interested in attending the virtual information sessions will need to register in advance by visiting https://www.harnettgreenwayplan.com/get-involved.html.

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.