Northwest Tennessee Chapter
Tennessee Trails Association
Martin Greenway Project
The Martin Greenway (Greenway Foundation) was first envisioned by Brian Brown, the late director of UTM's Campus Recreation Program, who saw the need for a multi-purpose trail in and around the City of Martin and the UTM campus, The map to the left is a rough copy of the one left on Brian's desk at the time of his death.
The map indicates six different sections, probably being completed in different phases. The most likely first phases are portions of the mapped marked in blue -- the Cane Creek section, as the City of Martin currently owns an easement along parts of this. The other portion that seems appropriate for a first phase is part of the red and orange sections, that stretch north of UTM towards Old Fulton Road and parallel to the bypasses, namely because of help the project is hoping to receive from UTM.
The Northwest Tennessee chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association invited T.J. Fish, Executive Director of the Martin Economic Develop Commission to address us at our September, 2000 meeting regarding this project. The 40-50 people at that meeting indicated enthusiastic support of the concept, citing the need for such projects to aid in helping lure new industries into the area, as well as providing a recreational outlet for the citizens of the Martin area.
A public meeting was scheduled for October 26, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. in the Martin City Hall, allowed for an update on the project and gave an indication of the composition of a a consensus group for a Martin Greenway Committee. The following Monday, Oct. 30, the Park and Recreation Board will be asked to create a Greenway Committee.
The new committee will make formal recommendations to the
Park Board, which will, in turn, forward recommendations to the
Board of Mayor and Aldermen.
As a group interested in the creation and support of such projects, the Northwest Chapter of the Tennessee Trails Association encourages all citizens to support the Brian Brown Greenway Foundation in is efforts to make the greenway a reality.