For over 35-years, citizens, non-profits and government agencies have been envisioning a pedestrian and biking trail along Mobile’s Three Mile Creek. In 2015, the City of Mobile endorsed a vision of the Greenway Trail in Map for Mobile (the City’s Comprehensive Plan) and in the Three Mile Creek Watershed Management Plan. Since that time, the City has been working hard to bring that vision to reality. The City has organized an implementation plan, secured funding from multiple sources, and begun design and construction of the greenway in phases.
So far, a small section of the envisioned greenway has been completed. The City and its design team are working on the next phases. In January 2019, designs for the next phase of the trail and surrounding features were shared at a set of public meetings. Since that time, the focus of the next phase has shifted in response to community feedback, engineering obstacles, and rising construction costs.
The initial trail project will include a paved multi-use trail, improved amenities at existing parks and along the trail like bathrooms, pavilions, benches, and parking. A new trail head will be created at MLK Boulevard with parking and bathrooms. The first phase of the trail will begin east of I-65 on the south side of the creek at Bush Park and continue to Mill Street Park, cross over the creek via a new pedestrian bridge, and continue on the north side just south of University Hospital (USA Medical Center) through Tricentennial Park to MLK Boulevard. Road crossings will be upgraded for safety of pedestrians and people on bikes.
The City is currently completing the design plans with our contractors, which includes feedback from the citizens, neighbors and businesses collected at community meetings. The design and construction places will be completed at the end of October, and the next construction phase from the existing trail to University Hospital will be released for bids at that time. Information will be released on www.mapformobile.org/threemilecreek.
As the Three Mile Creek Greenway project continues, Mobile is committed to listening to community feedback on specific designs and resolving potential concerns.