Felicia Kitzmiller reports at the Herald-Journal:
Spartanburg County Council approved $4,000 Monday night to begin implementation of the trails and greenways master plan.
The 40-year master plan was adopted by council in 2012 following extensive collaboration with Spartanburg city, Mary Black Foundation and Partners for Active living. Now, the entities are beginning to implement the vision with a five-year project that includes 18 miles of trails and would link the Glendale greenway, Mary Black Rail Trail and the Cottonwood Trail.
The $4,000 — hospitality tax dollars already allocated to trails — will be used to name, brand and market the trail connector project, interim parks director Jim Campbell said. While funds have been allocated by various organizations, Campbell said they are inadequate to complete the project.
“It’s going to require a large private sector infusion,” Campbell said.
Councilmen Justin Bradley and Roger Nutt opposed the measure.
“It’s not a vote against the parks system or the trails; I actually think we’re doing a very good job with the trails. … I just don’t think this is the best use of funding,” Bradley said.
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