Take A Hike: Mocksville opens greenway

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mocksville’s Rich Park has always been a gem.

For generations, people have used the green oasis to hold family gatherings at the picnic shelters, play youth softball and baseball on the fields, watch school and American Legion games and enjoy the playground equipment.

There have always been trails for walking, as well, but those trails at places were difficult to maneuver.

Not any more.

The town last week dedicated the first part of a greenway – a 1.6 mile paved path that meanders through the woods. It is the first of a five-phase project. Phase 2 is already under construction.

“This project improves the quality of life and makes the Town of Mocksville better than it already is,” said Carolyn McManamy, president of the Davie Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m glad I live in Mocksville,” said Mayor Dr. Francis Slate, just prior to cutting the ribbon opening the improved trail. “This is something the town board and manager have been working on … and this is just a start.”

Will Marklin, town board member on the recreation committee, said the plans for the greenway started several years ago with a master plan for recreation – including the park – and trails that will lead beyond Rich Park.

That master plan was derived after comprehensive surveys of Davie residents. “People wanted walkways and greenways,” Marklin said.

“It’s a great walkway,” Marklin said. “Mocksville is committed to focusing on our part of growing what we have here.”

The N.C. Department of Transportation is assisting with the projects, and the town’s public works department is doing much of the work, said Town Manager Christine Bralley. “We’re excited about all of this.”