House Creek Greenway Trail
This project is being led by: Parks and Recreation
Wetherill Engineering - Design Engineer
North Carolina Department of Transportation
The House Creek Trail has officially opened. The dedication was held September 24, 2012.
History and Background
The Capital Area Greenway system was first adopted by City Council in 1976. This plan proposed the system of linear parks located primarily along rivers, streams, and creeks and included the opportunity for an interconnected system of pedestrian trails across the region. House Creek was included in that plan.
The trails located along the major rivers and streams have been the focus, but with the impending completion of these trails the focus has shifted to complete the interconnection between major streams. House Creek provides a major linkage between the Walnut Creek watershed and the Crabtree Creek watershed. The users of the trail system will be able to not only traverse across the city on either the Walnut Creek system or the Crabtree Creek system but they will be able to connect between the two.
In 2003, the residents of Raleigh approved a bond referendum that included funding for the House Creek Trail. In 2007, additional funding was included in a second bond referendum.
The House Creek Greenway Trail is approximately 2.9 miles in length and extends from the eastern end of the pedestrian bridge over I-440 to the Crabtree Creek Trail at the intersection of Blue Ridge Road and Crabtree Valley Boulevard. In addition, a connector from the intersection of Wade Avenue and Ridge Road provides access to the residents of this area. Included in the project are two pedestrian underpasses beneath Lake Boone Trail and Glen Eden Drive.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of the House Creek Greenway project was to complete the planned interconnection between the Walnut Creek Watershed and the Crabtree Watershed and to provide an opportunity for residents in north Raleigh to have a bicycle pedestrian route into Umstead State Park.
The House Creek Greenway Trail grand opening occurred on September 24, 2012.
The construction budget for this project is $3.827 million. The City has received North Carolina Bicycle Pedestrian funding in the amount of $400,000 and Federal Enhancement funding in the amount of $250,000.