CENTRAL — Central Town Council has passed a resolution that could bring a multi-purpose trail to the town along with the city of Clemson in an effort to grow the population and increase the time spent outdoors.
The resolution, passed on Aug. 8, is the culmination of a six month study by Friends of the Green Crescent and Alta Planning + Design — the organization involved with The Doodle Trail. If passed by Clemson City Council, it would be called the Green Crescent Trail.
Clemson’s council is set to consider the project Oct. 3.
Central’s resolution states the trail would consist of a 35-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail through the center of Central but would also connect the city of Clemson, Clemson University, Southern Wesleyan University, the town of Pendleton, and “perhaps destinations beyond.”
The council expressed its desire to work with other municipalities and organizations to see the project through based on the feasibility study, which includes the Oct. 3 vote by Clemson’s council.
Chad Carson, president of Friends of the Green Crescent Trail, sees the opportunity for the area and residents as a positive development.
“The Friends of the Green Crescent could not be more excited to have the formal support of the town of Central for the Green Crescent Trail. Like the Swamp Rabbit has done for Travelers Rest, the Green Crescent Trail could help the small businesses and wonderful cultural destinations in downtown Central to flourish,” Carson said.
“It will also improve the quality of life for all of the residents, students, and visitors of Central as they will have a safe place to walk, run, push strollers, bike, walk dogs, and get from one place to another without a car,” he added. “We applaud the leaders of Central for their vision and their foresight to not only support, but to take the lead in this effort as the first municipality to officially support the Green Crescent Trail.”
According to the resolution, Central’s council sees the Green Crescent Trail as an opportunity for local residents and seasonal ones such as college students, to enjoy the area and spend more time outdoors with exercise.
According to the resolution the addition of the trail also would boost the local economy.
Reach D. C. Moody at 864-855-0355.