VIRGINIA BEACH — Over a decade in the making, the second phase of the Thalia Creek Greenway project is nearing completion, uniting Town Center and the neighborhoods that lie just across the Thalia Creek.
Back in the 1990s the city’s vision for a greenway along the creek started with two broad goals:
- Improve pedestrian access between Town Center and the neighborhoods.
- Open up the Thalia Creek corridor for the enjoyment of residents on both sides.
According to the city’s website, a greenway is a linear corridor of protected open space, often including trails and following natural land and/or water features linking parks, urban centers and residential districts to each other.
The city worked with a consultant and the community through 2006 and 2007 to develop the Thalia Creek Greenway Master Plan and after two grants from VDOT — a $640,000 in 2012 and $1 million grant in 2015 — the construction was underway.
Phase two of the construction, which is scheduled to be finished by the end of this month or early August, is nearing completion, said Michael Kirschman, director of the city’s parks and recreation, on Twitter.
Three-hundred feet of trail and a foot bridge were built during phase one by the builder of Midtown Apartment in 2009 and 2011 respectively, said city officials on the project website.
The foot bridge connects Constitution Drive to Midtown Apartments.
Phase two of the project will connect the western trail limit of phase one, continuing along Thalia Creek and ending at Bonney road.
Phase three of the project, which will begin as soon as phase two construction is finished, will continue the trail from phase two to Independence Boulevard.
Construction of that project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.
To learn more about the Thalia Creek Greenway project, click here.