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Newton unveils marker on Carolina Thread Trail

Newton unveils marker on Carolina Thread Trail

NEWTON, NC (September 26, 2011) – The City of Newton unveiled a Carolina Thread Trail marker on Sunday, Sept. 25 as part of the countywide "Marking the Thread" celebration.

Officials from the City of Newton, the Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance, and Carolina Thread Trail unveiled the marker on the second phase of the Newton Heritage Trail Greenway, located on the south side of Radio Station Road.

The Carolina Thread Trail is a fifteen county, two state initiative designed to inspire and facilitate a network of trails and conservation corridors for walking, biking, commuting, fishing, paddling, and simply enjoying. This network will eventually link more than 2.3 million citizens in numerous counties and cities that design and own the trails that enrich communities in the areas of health and wellness, economic development, land preservation, and community collaboration.

The section of the Carolina Thread Trail that was marked in Newton is part of the City of Newton Heritage Trail Greenway, which the City constructed using an enhancement grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation along with contributions from the Catawba Valley Heritage Alliance and City funding.

The ¾-mile paved segment is the second half of Newton’s greenway. Phase one runs from West 7th Street to Radio Station Road, while phase two continues south to NC Hwy. 10 West. Newton’s greenway is part of approximately five miles of the Central County Corridor of the Carolina Thread Trail in Catawba County. Newton plans to eventually extend its greenway from NC Hwy. 10 southward to Southside Park.

The local governments of Conover, Hickory, and Catawba County also participated in the “Marking the Thread” celebration at their respective locations.

For more information, visit www.carolinathreadtrail.org.