Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership
The purpose of the Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership is to promote and facilitate coordinated and cohesive planning, development, and maintenance of a network of greenways, parks, trails and points of interest along the Five Mile Creek Corridor.
Hugh Kaul Grant
Cawaco RC&D received a Hugh Kaul grant to support the Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership Coordinator to continue the work began in February 2006 with the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement. In August 2006, Francesca E. Gross was hired as the new Five Mile Creek Coordinator.
This greenway system will enhance the quality of life for citizens and visitors by striving to:
a) Provide safe and efficient alternative transportation linkages between recreational sites, open spaces, residential areas, employment centers, educational and cultural facilities, and other activity centers;
b) Encourage citizen wellness and promote opportunities for recreational activities;
c) Protect environmental assets, retain and restore beneficial ecological habitats;
d) Maintain a contiguous urban forest ecosystem to reduce region-wide environmental problems such as flooding from excessive storm water runoff, water pollution, air quality degradation resulting in non-attainment status, human health hazards and urban climate change;
e) Reclaim abandoned industrial, commercial and residential properties such as “Brownfields”;
f) Promote an appreciation for Five Mile Creek’s natural, historical and cultural heritage and that of its neighborhoods;
g) Protect and link significant remnants of the various communities’ undeveloped open spaces, woodlands, and wetlands; and
h) Enhance the aesthetics along the corridor to encourage tourism, promote economic development, and improve the living environment for residents.