12/12/13 — City finishes work on paving paths in Stoney Creek Park

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City finishes work on paving paths in Stoney Creek Park

By Matt Caulder
Published in News on December 12, 2013 1:46 PM

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Holly Clevenger of Goldsboro and her canine companion Harley Isebella walk down the recently paved path Wednesday at Stoney Creek Park in Goldsboro.

Visitors to Stoney Creek Park this week will notice more accessible asphalt trails connecting the parking lot off of Ash Street to the cul-de-sac on the west side of the park.

The path is 8 feet wide from the Walnut Street cul-de-sac toward the parking lot and 10 feet wide leading from the lot south toward Elm Street.

Contractors working on a different city project paved the area for the same price, saving the city money, Parks and Recreation Director Scott Barnard said.

The job cost $48,000, with the city paying half of the cost and a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant picking up the rest.

The job drained the last of the money from the grant left unspent after one of three shelters planned for the park was moved to Berkeley Park.

The paving will be used as the city's local match for a U.S. Department of Transportation Recreational Trails Program grant to pave a section of greenway stretching from Royall Avenue south to almost Elm Street connecting to the section paved in Stoney Creek Park last week.

By using funds from the PARTF grant for the local match the city turned one into two, Barnard said.

"We really leveraged some funds on this one," Barnard said.

The greenway will not cross Ash Street initially.

"If we can make the money stretch a little bit we might be able to make it all the way to Elm," Barnard said.

Another section will also be paved from New Hope Road, where the current greenway ends, and will wrap around behind Wayne Community College and Wayne Memorial Hospital.

The city applied for the grant in Wayne County's name and the local match will be paid in volunteer and city labor.

"In-kind labor is hard to track but it will be paid out in volunteer labor and in my time and supervisor time out there at the project," Barnard said. "We can take my hourly pay and use that for it."