MOBILE – The city unveiled its first design phase of the Three Mile Creek walking and biking trail during two community meetings this week. More than 80 stakeholders were able to weigh in and give feedback on the plan.
The project includes the installation of a 1.7-mile concrete trail, energy-efficient LED lighting, a fitness course, a boat launch, park benches, trash receptacles, water fountains and educational signage. The city contracted Dorsey and Dorsey Engineering to complete the design and engineering for the plan. The trail system will begin at the southwest corner of the crossing of Three Mile Creek with MLK Avenue at the current site of the Roger Williams Homes and extend to West Ridge.
The trail will provide educational opportunities for the public to learn more about environmental protection, pollution, litter and natural resources. Commuters will be given an alternate form of transportation and residents will benefit from an accessible and free outlet for exercise.
The long term goal is to build a 12-mile greenway system that would connect neighborhoods and parks. The recreational path would stretch from the University of South Alabama to the Mobile River.
“The creation of this first phase demonstrates our commitment to the revival of Three Mile Creek,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “Our vision is to transform Three Mile Creek from a degraded, underutilized waterway to a community asset that educates citizens on our natural resources, encourages fitness and ultimately connects our community in a tangible and meaningful way.”
Funding for this project is provided through Community Development Block Grants, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Land and Water Conservation Fund, The City of Mobile, the Mobile County Health Department, Sybil Smith Charitable Trust and the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA).