Carolina Thread Trail receives $15,000
grant to fund new riverside trail
Charlotte, N.C. – Fort Mill, S.C., residents will soon be able to enjoy a new 1.3-mile trail along the Catawba River thanks to grant funding awarded to the Carolina Thread Trail. A $15,000 grant from REI will be used to build the natural surface trail, which will connect to Piedmont Medical Center Trail at Riverwalk, a 2.3-mile paved Thread Trail located across the Catawba River in Rock Hill, S.C.
The Thread Trail will hire a contractor to build the trail and will oversee construction. The land and conservation easement for the new trail is being secured through Catawba Lands Conservancy and Nation Ford Land Trust.
“REI continues to be an amazing partner for the Carolina Thread Trail and this grant enables us to preserve nature and offer more outdoor recreational opportunities in an area that is developing quickly,” said Tom Okel, executive director of the Carolina Thread Trail.
“Building upon the success of the Riverwalk Trail, which sees about 10,000 users a month, this project will allow runners, walkers and bikers to enjoy a longer distance path for exercise and outdoor exploration,” said Okel.
The trail project is a part of the Thread Trail’s “North-South Spine,” a critical 120-mile planned trail corridor that will stretch from Statesville, N.C., to Great Falls, S.C. The creation of a signature, long-distance trail for the region is one the Thread Trail’s top priorities. With 37 miles of this corridor complete, the Thread Trail continues to work with communities to complete remaining segments.
There are currently three segments of Thread Trail open in Fort Mill: Baxter Village Trail, Blue Star Trail at Anne Springs Close Greenway and Nation Ford Greenway. To learn more about these and other Carolina Thread Trails, visit www.carolinathreadtrailmap.org.
In 2014, REI awarded the Thread Trail a $15,000 grant to build a trail and kayak and canoe launch along the Rocky River in Midland, N.C. The launch is part of a planned 60-mile blueway, or paddle trail that will stretch across 4 counties in North Carolina.
In additon, REI will partner with the Thread Trail in support of National Public Lands Day Volunteer Trail Workday at Buffalo Creek Preserve in Mount Pleasant, NC on Sept. 26. For more information, click here.
About The Carolina Thread Trail
The Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread) is a 15-county, two-state initiative designed to create a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors that would link more than 2.3 million citizens. With technical resources and catalytic funding from The Thread, local communities plan and implement their portions of this greenway system. The Carolina Thread Trail region includes Anson, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union counties within North Carolina and Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster and York counties in South Carolina. Catawba Lands Conservancy is the lead agency for The Thread, which is working in partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas and many local partners. Currently, 220 miles of The Thread are open to the public. For more information, visit carolinathreadtrail.org.
REI is a national outdoor specialty retailer and the nation’s largest consumer co-op with 5.5 million active members. In addition to its own line of high-quality award-winning gear and apparel, REI offers products from the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel. While anyone may join or shop at REI, members pay a one-time $20 membership fee, receive voting privileges to elect REI’s board of directors and share in the co-op’s profits through an annual member refund based on their purchases.
Headquartered outside Seattle in Kent, Wash., REI is recognized as a leading multi-channel retailer with 140 stores in 33 states; telephone and mail-order operations; two online stores – REI.com and REI-OUTLET.com – and an adventure travel company, REI Adventures.
REI partners with local nonprofit organizations to preserve and maintain trails, waterways and parks where community members enjoy the outdoors. Partnerships include event promotion, gear donations and financial contributions. This year REI will invest $5.9 million in local communities to help care for outdoor spaces