Mecklenburg County has cleared a hurdle for extending the planned Toby Creek Greenway by nearly one mile.
The county has contracts on two final properties needed for construction. Closings are scheduled for December.
The extension would reach from residential Rockland Drive to the busy commercial intersection at University City and W.T. Harris boulevards.
“The commuter potential between there and the university is wonderful,” said greenway planner Gwen Cook.
Planners recently decided that construction of the first 1.5-mile stretch of Toby Creek Greenway will be put on hold until the market for selling bonds improves, Cook said.
The original trail is expected to begin at the intersection of W.T. Harris Boulevard and University City Boulevard.
The trail would follow Toby Creek before ending as it connects with Mallard Creek Greenway near North Tryon Street.
Most of the initial Toby Creek trail will be in wooded or shaded areas. It would offer views of and access to UNC Charlotte's tennis courts and track as it crosses the campus.
The Toby Creek extension is among Park and Recreation's 10-year construction goals. The extension is likely to become a higher priority if all of the land needed is owned by the county.
Park and Recreation updates its master plan about every five years.