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Submitted by curt on August 28, 2013
This 5K event will be held on Sunday October 13th at 4pm, with start and finsh near the FullSteam Brewery on Madison Street in Durham. Registration through September 30th will be $25, and $30 from October 1-13. Please see our Ales Events page and our Facebook page for more on our third annual 5K race.
Submitted by curt on July 11, 2016
Britt Storck is a member of the Board on NC Rail-Trails.
Submitted by curt on May 5, 2016
North Carolina's Parks and Recreation Division has issued a very nice 21 page booklet in PDF form which has pictures and descriptions of walking and paddle trails throughout the State.
Submitted by curt on December 5, 2015
We've just posted our latest Newsletter (click on the right block to read). In our lead article we feature an interview with AL Capehart, the founder of NC Rail-Trails and for over 20 years the single most active and influential person in advocating for rail-trail development in North Carolina. You'll also find updates on work on the Elkin & Alleghany rail-trail and some other trail development projects we are partnering with. ENJOY and please consider us in your end of 2015 donations.
Submitted by curt on July 1, 2015
Hot off the presses! Check out our Summer 2015 Newsletter to find out what's happening and what's on the way for rail-trails in NC. For this issue only click on our right side bar. For access to all of our Newsletters please go to our Newsletters page from the About link.
Submitted by curt on December 30, 2014
Santa AL, aka Al Capehart was a long time advocate for securing the retired rail corridor and for the development of the ATT as a multi-use rail-trail. Many have referred to him as the father of the ATT. As a second career AL has appeared as Santa in the Raleigh-Durham area for many years and had a long ambition to have Santa take a spin on the I-40 bridge. On December 26th, his dream came true. Here is a picture of Santa with Carolyn Townsend, another champion of rail-trails and the Chair of NC Rail-Trails until 2009. For addional images of this happy event please see several on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/9986245@N05/sets/72157649530297889/
Submitted by curt on December 7, 2014
Greenville County S.C. and Furman University have recently released an economic impact study of the third full year of the 18.7 mile Swamp Rabbit Rail Trail. Trail usage by both local citizens and visitors has grown substantially since the trail was opened in May 2010. A number of new small businesses catering to increased tourism have been spawned near the trail at the eastern end of the trail in Travelers Rest, SC. The County and others involved with the trail have produced a number of useful maps of the trail. For an interesting documentation of the long term role of this rail corridor please see http://greenvillerec.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Swamp-Rabbit-Trail-H...
Submitted by curt on November 22, 2014
Ms. Emily Herbert will become the next Executive Director of North Carolina Rail-Trails (NCRT). Emily, a resident of Durham (and alumna of NCSSM and UNC), has been involved with other local nonprofits, including the Eno River Association, Duke Medicine, and the Diaper Bank of NC. Emily will officially begin her service on January 1st, 2015.
Our January 10th board meeting, in downtown Durham, will include an official welcome to Emily, as well as acknowledgment of Carrie Banks’ accomplishments during her 4+ years as our first E.D.
Submitted by curt on September 24, 2014
The American Tobacco Trail Study being done by North Carolina Rail-Trails and researchers from NC Central and NC State is going well. A community input workshop will be held this Saturday (Sept. 27th). The team will have a tent with tables at 2919 Fayetteville St. in Durham (just off the American Tobacco Trail at The Office Connection) from noon-4pm. It's a drop in type of event, no need to stay long but there will be hot dogs and raffles!
Submitted by curt on September 23, 2014
On September 10th Durham took a first step towards planning for the future acquisition and development of a 2.2 mile rail corridor in downtown Durham. The Duke Beltline is a rail spur that rings the western and northern portions of downtown. Supporters of a rails-to-trails conversion see it as a complement to the American Tobacco Trail and other city greenway projects. Federal officials have awarded Durham a $222,700 grant the city can use to fund planning for a new trail along the Duke Beltline rail corridor.
U.S. Reps. G.K. Butterfield, D-1st, and David Price, D-4th, issued a joint statement Wednesday evening announcing the decision by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Butterfield made a point of thanking Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, a former mayor of Charlotte, for supporting the application. The grant replied to an application from the city government, which hopes someday to acquire the downtown-ringing Beltline from the Norfolk Southern Corp. City Manager Tom Bonfield said the planning work should bolster the city’s case if and when it comes time to seek outside funding for an acquisition. “If we were going to look for philanthropic support from the private sector, the foundation or business world, it was difficult to do that without a plan or strategy or some visual representation of what we’re talking about,” Bonfield said, summarizing the advice officials have solicited from organizations who might be able to help. Officials will need to come up with a $75,000 local match, with private contributions being a potential source of at least some of that money. City Transportation Director Mark Ahrendsen said in putting together the grant application, officials touched base with Duke University, Downtown Durham Inc. and the people behind the American Tobacco complex and the proposed Durham Innovation District. They “indicated if we were successful [in landing the planning grant], we’d be returning to them,” Ahrendsen said. “They were open to that, but no commitments were made at that time. We will follow up with the private interests that expressed support for the project.” He added that the grant is supposed to pay for the creation of a master plan for a trail project along the beltline, to include “trail development guidelines, [construction] phasing and a funding strategy.” Officials in assembling the application figured the work will take about a year. It can’t begin until they nail down grant agreements with the federal government and the N.C. Department of Transportation, and select a consultant. The city’s timetable calls for the administrative spadework to be completed by the end of the year and the selection of the consultant to take place by the spring. That would translate into a completed plan sometime in early 2016, Ahrendsen said. Acquisition talks between the city and Norfolk Southern bogged down in 2013 after the railroad said it wants $7.1 million for the corridor. The city had $2 million on hand thanks to a Price-secured federal appropriation. The project gained new life this year when a Virgina-based trust, The Conservation Fund, signaled interest in lending a hand. Its North Carolina operation is led by Bill Holman, a former Sierra Club lobbyist, state administrator and Duke University policy analyst. Bonfield said representatives of The Conservation Fund and the railroad have met several times and, while not making any deals yet, are having “fruitful talks” about the Beltline. Holman confirmed that talks are continuing. To date, the conversations are about “seeing if we can get together an agreement on what the property is worth,” as a preliminary to figuring out “how to pay for it and how quickly to pay for it,” he said. But “both parties are very interested in working things out,” Holman said. Holman added that the planning grant “will help a lot.” “There are opportunities to bring other public and private funds into the project,” he said. “Having a great plan developed [using the grant] will aid those interests.”