The Northend Greenway is an exciting project that will add value to the Harrisonburg Area. The Northend Greenway is projected to be a 2.5 mile shared use path when fully completed. It will enable northern Harrisonburg residents to access a variety of places including Eastern Mennonite University, Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, residential neighborhoods, community centers, areas of downtown, and more.
In the Fall of 2013, the City of Harrisonburg was awarded $600,000 by the Virginia Department of Transportation Revenue Sharing Funds and the City Council matched it with local funds for a total of $1.2 million to fund the Northend Greenway Project.
Phase I of the Northend Greenway is underway. It is expected to be completed at the end of July and officially open to the public in the very near future. Phase I will be approximately 0.6 miles long, starting near the railroad tracks at Mount Clinton Pike and ending at Suter Street. Blacks Run, which is adjacent to the path, will also undergo restoration in conjunction with the construction of Phase I. Momentum Earthworks is the contracted company tasked with the construction of Phase I.
Scheduling and funding for Phase II has not been finalized although significant steps have been taken. The second phase will continue from Suter St. and run through the north part of downtown, ending at the intersection of Main and Johnson. Phase II is likely to be constructed largely by non profits, community members, and volunteers. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition is largely spearheading the community build days and other events in relation to the Greenway.