Staff photo by Cole Dittmer
On Friday, Sept. 14, leaders from the city of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the University of North Carolina Wilmington break ground on a section of the Gary Shell Cross City Trail that will extend from the foot of Teal Street to Autumn Hall.
The city of Wilmington held the groundbreaking ceremony for one of the last remaining incomplete sections of the Gary Shell Cross City Trail on Friday, Sept. 14. Held on the wooden bridge that will extend from the foot of Teal Street to the new Autumn Hall development, leaders from the city, county and the University of North Carolina Wilmington were on hand at the ceremony.
“This section will complete a vital section of the trail, providing a safe connection between College Acres and points west on the way to Wrightsville Beach,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “The community has demonstrated the importance of these bicycle and pedestrian trails by their support of the Wilmington and New Hanover County Comprehensive Greenway Plan.”
The three-quarter mile section of the cross-city trail will cost approximately $425,000, half of which is funded by the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund with the land donated by the Trask Family. Construction on this section of the trail is expected to be complete by the end of the year.