Part of McAlpine Creek Greenway to close for sewer line construction

The people who walk, jog and ride bicycles on a portion of the McAlpine Creek Greenway will have to alter their courses for several months.

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation is closing part of the greenway, possibly for the rest of the year, to allow construction of a new sewer line. The closure affects the section of the greenway between Monroe and Sardis roads. That section is known to park users as the “upper” portion of the greenway – a flat and relatively open section of the trail.

McAlpine Creek Park and the rest of McAlpine Creek Greenway will remain open for now, said park and recreation spokesman Leo Caplanides. “We’ve posted signs, alerting park visitors to where the closure is.”

The closure was to take place Tuesday, but the upper greenway was still open late Saturday afternoon. Several pieces of heavy construction equipment were parked nearby, and Caplanides said access won’t be possible soon.

Caplanides and park planner Gwen Cook said those who use the greenway will have part of the McAlpine greenway available, and they can use the Campbell Creek Greenway, which extends from McAlpine Creek Greenway across Margaret Wallace Road and ends at East W.T. Harris Boulevard.

At times later this year, sewer line construction will impact parts of McAlpine Creek Park and James Boyce Park, farther west of Monroe Road, but Caplanides said his department is working closely with utilities officials to minimize the impact of the work on the parks’ facilities. For example, the major cross country meets held each autumn on the course at McAlpine Creek Park will take place as usual this fall, Caplanides said.