Station Camp Greenway Expanding

Warmer temperatures signal more outdoor activities and county leaders are working to extend the Station Camp Greenway to give residents more room to walk, run and enjoy the upcoming summer.

According the Kim Ark, grants administrator for Sumner County, construction began on the next phases of the greenway Jan. 30 on Lower Station Camp near the new Welch College.

Ark said these phases will also connect to Hendersonville at the Saundersville Station subdivision at Cannon's Crossing and will include a pedestrian bridge over Station Camp Creek that will connect to the three Station Camp school campuses, allowing children to walk or ride bikes to class.

The project is expected to be completed in the next six months and will make the greenway from start to finish a little over three miles, Ark said.

"We are excited about it - it's been a priority project for the county to have pedestrian access there and we're excited to see it get completed," she said.

The first phase already completed starts at the historic Douglas Clark House, which is accessed at Long Hollow Pike, and includes restroom facilities and a large parking area. Residents from both Gallatin and Hendersonville have been enjoying the greenway.

"It's been well received - there are families out there utilizing it," Ark said. "People are out walking their dogs - we have heard great things."

Once the current phases are complete, Ark said there is a plan for a section of sidewalk that will ultimately connect to Bison Trail. In addition, the county plans to continue to add to the aesthetics of the greenway.

"We plan to apply for a tree planting grant this summer for the two phases we are working on now," she said. "We have been able to acquire some historic capital columns - we are getting two from the state and we are going to make some kind of bench or art sculpture with those."

Funding for the entire greenway project is being provided at 80 percent through a transportation alternative grant through the Tennessee Department of Transportation.