The Maryville Alcoa Greenway
is a cooperative effort by the two cities and Blount County
to connect existing parks with a paved foot and cycle path.
The city of Maryville
initially developed its Bicentennial Park
by clearing part of its downtown and damming Pistol Creek
to flood the area. Alcoa
had developed its own Springbrook Park
. In 1996 efforts to connect the parks began. In early 1996
the two cities were successful in obtaining an $850,000 grant of Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
(ISTEA) for the Greenway. Maryville Alcoa Daily Times Nov 30, 1998; Trail of Two Cities is a landmark of long term effort, cooperation
Between 1996 and 1998 the two parks were connected by a three mile (5 km) extension entirely within the city of Alcoa. During the same period Maryville extended the Greenway from the Greenbelt to the Maryville Intermediate School. On October 15th, 1998 the Maryville Alcoa Greenway was dedicated.
The Greeway was immediately well received by the public and by early 1999 plans were already underway for extensions Maryville Alcoa Daily Times Feb 25, 1999; Enjoying a trek along the Greenway
. The result was Alcoa extended a spur through the Springbrook Corporate Center
. The two cities also completed an eastern connector between the Greenbelt and Springbrook Park.
Today the Greenway is well lighted and marked, providing numerous opportunities for picnics, play, and exercise while... Read More