It is time to celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Greater Cheyenne Greenway! Back in 1991 the 6th Penny Sales Tax ballot was approved by voters to develop the Greenway. The Greater Cheyenne Greenway has now grown to encompass over 44 miles of safe, separated non-motorized paths through out the city. The 10-foot-wide concrete paths provide connectivity throughout Cheyenne for recreation, transportation, and relaxation.
Throughout the years the Greenway has been added onto and meanders along Crow and Dry Creek, parks, schools, neighborhoods, and commercial centers. It stretches from Four Mile Road at the Pointe subdivision to the north, Laramie County Community College (LCCC) to the south, Interstate 25 to the west, and the expanding Saddle Ridge subdivision to the east.
The Greenway concept was first born through a grass roots group, the Crow Greek Greenway Committee. This group was first formed on Earth Day 1990, and comprised of citizens interested in cleaning-up the environment and building a path along the creek. The Crow Creek Greenway Committee requested funding from the City for a portion of a path along Crow Creek and money was granted for the project. Construction of a segment in Martin Luther King Jr. Park was then completed in 1991. Later that year, the vision for Crow Creek was expanded to a community-wide greenway system. Other citizen groups such as Plant the Cheyenne Forest Committee and the Allision Draw Steering Committee became involved and supported the concept of a community-wide recreational transportation system. The overall system was eventually expanded to a system which included four off-street greenway sections and a comprehensive on-street system of bike lanes and bike routes. The four off-street corridors were along Dry Creek, Crow Creek, Allison Draw, and a section of abandoned railroad bed south of Nationway. The vision of the greenway corridors included major improvements related to recreation, transportation, and beautification of the identified corridors.
To help celebrate the 30th Anniversary the Cheyenne Greenway Foundation is encouraging the public to submit Greenway pictures, videos, and stories on social media using the hashtag #Greenway30. Pictures, videos, and stories can also be submitted by going to the online form at: https://bit.ly/3rsJp9K. Submitted items may be publicized by the City on their website, social media, or other print material.
For more information on the Cheyenne Greenway, and to view a Greenway map, visit www.cheyennecity.org/greenway.