The Purple Martin Trail

The Purple Martin Trail in Rutherfordton
The Purple Martin Trail in Rutherfordton

RUTHERFORDTON —The Town Council of Rutherfordton made their priorities clear in their planning workshop last week-their vision is making outdoor recreation a top priority. Their vision is reviving a vision of an active life into the community.

In the revealing of the Master Plan report in 2006, walking trails, a YMCA, an amphitheatre, and a sculpture garden were planned. As the economy collapsed, so did the Master Plan.

This time, however, with the revived interest in trails initiated by funding by the Small Towns Economic Prosperity (STEP) Destination and Tourism Committee and further by the recent generous grant by RHI Legacy Foundation, the Purple Martin Trail will be completed in the town’s trails corridor. [AdSense-A]

The proposed Rutherfordton trails corridor map includes five different trails that course through the town to create a trails corridor. The town-wide system will be a mixture of sidewalks, asphalt paving, gravel paths and natural trails.

“The plan is to have greenway trail system that connects the town’s two biggest park assets — Crestview Park and Kiwanis Park,” said Town Manager Doug Barrick at last week’s planning session.

The Purple Martin trail will start where the Over Mountain Trail turns onto Court Street. The trail continues to South Cleghorn Street and follows Cleghorn Creek alongside U.S. Highway 221. The Purple Martin trail will be a brand new route, utilizing existing sidewalks as well as sewer right-of-ways in town. With the recent RHI Legacy Foundation grant, this trail is about to become a reality.

These funds are what we hope to be the beginning of fruitful relationship with the RHI Legacy Foundation. RHI’s mission to improve the quality of life in Rutherford County will pay dividends in many areas,  Rutherfordton is proud that RHI has faith in our ability to provide the services & outdoor recreational opportunities to help achieve our combined goals of a more active, engaged and healthier community.

The next phase of the Purple Martin will advance the trail northward towards Town at least 2000 ft. This 10 ft wide Asphalt greenway trail will eventually connect Crestview Park to Kiwanis Park and long term out to the Isothermal Rail Trial. It will also open up access to many other outdoor recreational opportunities along the way,” said Doug Barrick, Rutherfordton Town Manager.

Cattails on the Purple Martin Trail
Cattails on the Purple Martin Trail

 

Cat tales on the Purple Martin Trail
Cat tales on the Purple Martin Trail
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Quiet moments on the Purple Martin Trail in Rutherfordton

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