02 Nov Crabtree Creek Greenway Boardwalk Opening
Join us in celebrating the opening of the Crabtree Creek Greenway Boardwalk! There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the boardwalk on Sunday, November 4, at 1:30 PM, followed by live music and refreshments. Representatives from the Town of Cary Greenway Committee, Town of Morrisville, and Wake County Parks, Recreation & Open Space will be on site to explain the features of the greenway and answer questions. Visitors are encouraged to walk or bike to the celebration if they are able to; transportation directly to the event will be provided to guests with mobility challenges.
This new segment of Crabtree Creek Greenway is 1.7 miles long and extends from the Black Creek confluence with Lake Crabtree, along the southern edge of Lake Crabtree in Cary, to Evans Road and Aviation Parkway in Morrisville. WithersRavenel provided surveying, hydraulics/hydrology, landscape architecture, environmental and wetland delineation, design, cost estimating, and permitting for this segment.
Because the trail passes through areas of floodplains and wetlands, the WithersRavenel team designed a number of bridges and boardwalks. A signature element of the design is a 700-foot-long boardwalk over the southern extension of Lake Crabtree where Black Creek flows into it, which provides an out-of-the-ordinary trail experience in an area where trail users enter Umstead Park near the Weston development in Cary.
WithersRavenel was also involved in the development of the original segment of Crabtree Creek Greenway, which lies immediately west of Duraleigh Road in Raleigh. WithersRavenel evaluated potential trail alignments and provided surveying, design, easement maps, permitting and bidding support, and post-construction-award services.
The completed greenway segment provides the community with an amenity integrated into the natural beauty of the lands around Lake Crabtree and Wake County park land. It is also part of a larger system that will provide a major east–west connection to other sections of the Crabtree Creek Greenway, linking areas of Cary and Morrisville to the City of Raleigh’s section of this greenway network. We are thrilled to see this important transportation and recreation facility come to life, and we hope you will come out to celebrate with us!