Community Members Donate Land For Northend Greenway Project


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HARRISONBURG, Va. The Northend Greenway project is in the process of planning out its bicycle and pedestrian walking path, after many people donated parts of their land to make this project possible.

"We have a little baby and we hope by the time he is riding bikes we can go on trips together and not have to worry about traffic," said Rachel Sarah Blanton Meles, who lives in Harrisonburg.

She is working together with the city to make a difference and donated a part of her land to the Northend Greenway project, hoping to bring the community and her family together in a healthy way.

Hers is just one of many homes that have donated their land to the project.

Evan Friss, a member of the Steering Committee for the project, said they received a lot of community support.

"It would have certainly been much more difficult, if not impossible, without the community support," said Friss.

Northend Greenway received a grant of $1.2 million dollars from city council and the state.

Now, Blanton Meles said she is happy she can make a difference.

"As a mother, I do things that last just today so thinking of something that will make a longer impact and affect things years from now, is really exciting," said Blanton Meles.

The 2.5 mile path will connect the north and south ends of Harrisonburg.


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