City cuts ribbon on greenway trail

City officials hold a socially-distant ribbon cutting on the city’s new greenway trail Tuesday afternoon in Morristown. From left, Debra Williams, Chamber of Commerce general manager, City Councilmember Al A’Hearn, Mayor Gary Chesney and councilmembers Kay Senter and Tommy Pedigo.

Morristown now has a new greenway ready for citizens to stretch their legs

The city of Morristown officially opened the Freddie Kyle Greenway Tuesday afternoon with a ribbon cutting at the trailhead. The paved trail is one-third of a mile long and starts near Old Holt Road and goes to the City Center.

“This is just another example of the city promoting parks and alternate means of transportation for outdoor exercise and biking,” said Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney.

The trail is part of the larger Turkey Creek Greenway System, which runs from Civic Park to the new trailhead. The total mileage is 2.1 miles. The vision is to one day connect the greenway system to Cherokee Park.

“We’ll move it north in the next chapter of this,” Chesney said.

The new greenway is also across from Heritage Park, which opened in November. City officials said that could add more pathways for those out walking to cross North Cumberland Street, where the current greenway is completed, and then walk the trails in the park.

“Eventually, we’ll have all that tied together,” said Craig Price, director of Morristown Parks and Recreation.

The funding for the greenway came from an $800,000 grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation. In compliance with the grant applications, the trail was constructed as a paved 10-foot wide trail and is ADA compliant.

The greenway also serves other purposes, officials said. City officials said the greenway construction was also able to remediate some stormwater concerns.

A paved parking area has also been constructed across from Heritage Park.

The path of the trail goes from Civic Park to Fred Miller Park then into the downtown area before going to the City Center and onto the new trailhead.

Price said there is no timeline yet when the next phase of construction would begin. He said it would be as funding is allowed or accrued.

“It’s been a long process, but we’re glad it’s open,” he said.