THREE MILE CREEK GREENWAY TRAIL

The Three Mile Creek Trail will be a linear park system that spans a seven-mile portion of Three Mile Creek, extending eastward from Langan Park to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. The trail is part of the larger Mobile Greenway Initiative (MGI) and will include a system of shared paths, trailheads, sidewalks and bike lanes. It will provide non-motorized transportation options and opportunities to socialize, walk, run, play, learn, and enjoy the outdoors.

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About the project

The Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail is a community amenity that provides access to one of Mobile’s most beautiful natural assets. For over 35-years, citizens, non-profits and government agencies have been envisioning a pedestrian and biking trail along Three Mile Creek. The City has organized an implementation plan, secured funding from multiple sources, and is undertaking design and construction of the greenway trail in multiple phases. The trail will be accessible to everyone, regardless of age or ability. When complete, Three Mile Creek Greenway Trail will be within 1-mile of 70,000 residents and have city-wide benefits related to the local economy, personal health, and the environment.

Recently acquired Restore Act funding has allowed the construction of three segments of the greenway.

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Three Mile Creek Construction Phases Diagram

Who is involved? 

Project Lead: City of Mobile

Project Manager: Matthew Jollit, 251-208-7199

Consultants: Dix-Hite (design consultants)

Partners include: the Three Mile Creek Partnership, MAWSS, and the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Three Mile Creek Greenway - Open Space Reuse Plan from 1983

As a result of major flooding along Three Mile Creek in 1980 and 1981, the City of Mobile, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other federal and state agencies evaluated the flood problems and formulated a plan to reduce flood damage. The plan consisted of structural and non-structural measures giving full consideration to environmental, social, economic and engineering restraints. As a result of the approved flood plan, approximately 425 acres within the Three Mile Creek flood plain were made available for major street, open space and limited recreational uses. The 1983 report on the Open Space/Reuse Plan for the Three Mile Creek flood plain was presented in the form of text and graphics, a conceptual master plan for the organized development of the open space over a period of time as funds became available. The master plan was a generalized plan based on sound planning, principles which were subject to periodic review and revision to meet the social, economic, recreational and other needs of the City of Mobile. In addition, the Open Space/ Reuse Plan suggested reasonable goals and identified objectives to satisfy those goals. The report sought to identify human needs and to give direction to those changes in the physical environment that were deemed necessary to meet such needs. The objective of the Open Space/Reuse Plan included the preservation, development and reservation of open space in such a manner as to ensure an orderly pattern for the recreational development of the Three Mile Creek flood plain and to ensure the preservation of the natural, beneficial values of the flood plain.

Why is the greenway important?

Health. The trail will support increased rates of physical activity which will lead to improved physical and mental health for the community. Based on similar projects across the country, the Greenway could help over 40% of Mobilians meet nationally recommended levels of physical activity.

Economic. Successful greenway trails have been shown to increase the values of adjacent property and lead to increased spending at nearby businesses. These direct impacts often bring new businesses, jobs, and development activity to the area.

Environmental. The Greenway Trail is part of a larger strategy to improve the watershed of Three Mile Creek. The city is coordinating with a variety of partners like the Three Mile Creek Partnership, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program and MAWSS to reduce pollutants in the waterway, restore natural stream channels, and maintain flood protection.

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