Homewood breaks ground on Shades Creek Greenway Trail extension

Homewood City Counciors, Mayor McClusky, Freshwater staff at the Shades Creek Greenway extension ground breaking (Pat Byington/Bham Now)

The City of Homewood celebrated the launch of  “Phase Two”, an extension of the much-loved Shades Creek Greenway, that runs along Lakeshore Drive. 

1.4 Mile Extension

On the right, Jane Reed Ross addresses the crowd. Freshwater Land Trust Executive Director Rusha Smith is on her right and Homewood Mayor Patrick McClusky

The new Shades Creek Greenway project will add an additional 1.4 miles of multi-use trail along Lakeshore Parkway, connecting Columbiana Road to the Wildwood Center shops and restaurants. 

“We are excited to be moving forward with Phase Two of the Shades Creek Greenway, one of the most loved and visited places in the City of Homewood,” said Homewood Mayor Patrick McClusky.

The flat trail will welcome walkers, runners and cyclists of all ages and abilities. Once complete, the Shades Creek Greenway will be approximately 4.4-miles, or 8.8-miles round trip, making it the second longest trail segment in the Red Rock network.

Jane Reed Ross, the project’s lead landscape architect and Homewood resident, added: 

“It is great to see Phase Two of the Shades Creek Greenway under construction. For the first time East Homewood and West Homewood will be connected by this multi-use trail that provides people with another path for active lifestyles that improve their quality of life, an alternate mode of transportation and a view to appreciate the most important waterway in our watershed.”

Red Rock Trail System

A sunny afternoon at Railroad Park, a part of the Red Rock Trail system. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust.
A sunny afternoon at Railroad Park, a part of the Red Rock Trail system. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust.

The Shades Creek Greenway is part of Jefferson County’s growing Red Rock Trail System®, a network of trails and alternative transportation routes connecting residents to the places they live, work, and play, which is facilitated by Freshwater Land Trust. 

The Shades Creek Greenway follows the successful completion of several other popular Red Rock trails, including the recent Hugh Kaul Trail, Rotary Trail, Kiwanis Vulcan Trail, High Ore Line, and Five Mile Creek Greenway.  

“The Shades Creek Greenway extension is going to be the newest trail in the Red Rock Trail System, which has an ultimate goal of connecting every resident in the county to greenspace or a trail. This is helping us get there,” concluded Rusha Smith, Freshwater Land Trust Executive Director.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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