When will Mobile’s Three Mile Creek Greenway grow? Soon, planners hope
Since 2017, the first section of Mobile’s Three Mile Creek Greenway has been a tantalizing taste of a grand vision: a recreational trail that will one day provide runners, walkers and cyclists with a path connecting Langan Park and the nearby American campus. downtown.
Five years later, the wait for tangible progress has been longer than anyone would have liked, including the planners leading the project. The original section of the trail, a ribbon running from the east end of Tricentennial Park west through the park, across Stanton Road and to a point past the Strickland Youth Center, has not been extended d ‘a foot.
Not what anyone expected in September 2020, when the Mobile City Council officially accepted a nearly $10 million federal grant for the project. The money was awarded under the process established by the RESTORE Act, which channels fines and penalties levied after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. For a time, the feeling among city leaders was that planning was well advanced and that when the money arrived, work would move forward quickly: first, the trail would be extended westward, approaching USA Health University Hospital. Then it would extend east to St. Stephens Road. The greenway would no longer be just an exercise path: it would be a link.
The projection at the time was that extension work would continue in both directions through 2021 and into 2022, so by now the greenway would be around three miles long. It would provide a path from Crichton to the town centre, with three public parks, three hospitals and a public library easily accessible along the way.
None of this has happened yet.