History of the Greenway

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An old mineral rail line – known as CSX Transportation “Cane Creek Branch” – runs 16.5 miles from Fultondale, Alabama to where Five Mile Creek joins the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. Since 2003 the Five Mile Creek Greenway Partnership has worked to make this rail line the backbone for a network of parks and trails. The Partnership began as a response to destructive flooding along Five Mile Creek in 2000 and 2002. A public-private partnership of cities, towns, Jefferson County, Cawaco RC&D Council Inc., the Freshwater Land Trust, and the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham vowed to turn flooded home sites into an string of outdoor recreation destinations.  Collectively the partnership has leveraged over $4 million in grants to plan and build sections of connecting trails. The Five Mile Creek Greenway District was incorporated in March 2010 to acquire, develop and manage the Five Mile Creek Rail Trail. Member cities include: Center Point, Tarrant, Fultondale, Brookside, Graysville, and Gardendale.

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Working on Five Mile Creek Greenway since 2006.

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