Thalia Creek Greenway aims to provide better access to Town Center

Posted at 5:22 PM, Aug 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-15 17:22:51-04

Virginia Beach, Va. (WTKR) - The City of Virginia Beach is working on ways to improve access for walkers and bikers between the growing Town Center and surrounding neighborhoods.

Currently, Town Center is bounded on two sides by Thalia Creek, a tributary of the Lynnhaven River.

That buffer makes access between Town Center and the neighborhoods difficult, so in the mid-90s Virginia Beach began working on plans for the Thalia Creek Greenway.

On its website, the city lists two broad goals for the project:

  • Improve pedestrian access between Town Center and the neighborhoods
  • Open up the Thalia Creek corridor for the enjoyment of citizens on both sides

College students Shelby Stout, Keandra Jennings and Mikaela Linzsey, regularly use the first part of the project: a lit bridge connecting Constitution Drive to the Midtown Apartments.

"It makes it easier for everyone, not just me, but everyone who is trying to get back and forth to wherever they are trying to go," Linzey told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Friday.

"I think it’s a great idea. I think it will prevent for students getting in the road or being hit," Jennings added.

"I lived here a few years ago and I’ve seen a lot of improvements since I’ve been here. I’m happy that they are starting to build more stuff and it’s exciting to see what they come up with," Stout commented.

The second phase of the Thalia Creek Greenway is currently being designed and construction could start in early 2015.

You can learn more about the project by clicking here.