The Thread that Binds Us - Conover opens 1.5-mile section of greenway

Conover Mayor Lee Moritz, Mayor Pro Tem Kyle Hayman Council Member Joie Fulbright, Conover Planning Director, Lance Hight and others participating in the ribbon cutting for a new section of the Carolina Thread Trail along the Lyle Creek Greenway.
By: 
Michelle T. Bernard
Staff Writer

Lyle Creek has historical significance to the City of Conover – when you go back through the heritage of Conover it is mentioned many, many times according to Conover Mayor Lee Moritz.

The City of Conover opened a 1.5-mile enhanced surface section of the Carolina Thread Trail along the Lyle Creek Greenway on Saturday. This segment of the Thread Trail will complete an over 6.3-mile loop encircling the City of Conover.

The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways, trails and blueways webbed through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Currently there are over 250 miles of trails open to the public. The Thread Trail not only offers recreational benefits to communities, it also is a place for exploration of nature, culture, science and history.

“It’s a neat thing for our city, a wonderful legacy and something that we’ll enjoy for years to come,” Moritz said.

“When we asked the citizens what they wanted to see, we heard overwhelmingly that ‘open and recreational space for families to come out and enjoy’ was really the top priority in the city. So that’s what we’ve been focusing on for the last number of years and we’ve almost doubled our open and park space in the city.”

During the ribbon cutting, Moritz thanked City of Conover staff and in particular, Conover Planning Director, Lance Hight who “put his heart and soul into getting it done.”

City of Conover Attorney Monroe Pannell worked both from the legal side and personally met with a number of the property owners along the trail to clarify the right-of-way to make it into a recreational opportunity.

Ann Gaither, a member of the Thread Trail Board, has been very instrumental in getting grants from Carolina Thread Trail Funding and also through additional state grants that enabled the City to complete the construction of this section of the Trail.

Over $37,000 was granted for the right-of-way and a little over $86,000 for the construction.

Blue Ridge Trail Works, an organization that has built trails all over North Carolina, did the construction.

Tri-City Christian School and their cross country team have partnered with the City of Conover to both use the trail and help maintain it.

Construction on the Conover portion of the Thread Trail consisted of over 8,000 linear feet of eight-foot wide trail with four foot bridges, trail markings, signage, and a crosswalk across County Home Road.
The trail can be accessed from Northern Drive, through the roundabout near Tri-City Baptist Church and Walmart.

The Thread Trail’s name is derived from the region’s textile heritage. The network of trails is like a tapestry weaving together people, communities and nature.

The ribbon cutting on this portion of the Thread Trail as well as a race were originally scheduled for Saturday, June 4, however, heavy rain made the trail too muddy for either event. The race will now be Saturday, June 25. For more information on the race, Miles on the Lyle Greenway, visit https://runsignup.com

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