hickory leafBradford Creek Greenway

Status
update as of 12/12/13

The City of Madison would like to invite residents to attend a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the construction completion and grand opening of the Bradford Creek Greenway to be held on Saturday, December 21st, at 12:00 p.m. behind Heritage Elementary School. With the completion of this project, residents will now be able to walk on a 12 foot wide pathway stretching for approximately 2.3 miles beginning at Palmer Park and ending at Heritage Elementary School. Parking for the grand opening will be available at Heritage Elementary School (11775 County Line Rd, Madison).

Bradford Creek

Bradford Creek serves as the primary drainage basin as well as a flood plain area. The route along Bradford Creek provides scenic views of the creek itself, the hardwood forests along the banks, wetland areas supporting beavers, raccoons, opossum, many species of fish and birds, and a varied assortment of plants. The route allows for an experience that is removed from the noise of vehicular traffic and allows for total immersion into a natural setting, away from the trappings of urban life. Much of the land adjacent to the creek is held in conservation easements and owned by the Land Trust of North Alabama, ensuring that the area will remain unspoiled and a habitat for a diverse group of plants, fish, animals, and waterfowl. The project will not require any ground disturbing activities (other than construction of the path itself) or demolition, and by preventing development within the floodplain it will aid in drainage and flood control for West Madison.

Route Parallels Bradford Creek
Route Parallels Bradford Creek

A pedestrian and non-motorized corridor along Bradford Creek will enhance the area by providing a walking laboratory and a new route to school for elementary and middle school children. The corridor will also benefit adults by providing a safe and scenic area for walking and biking. Also, along the corridor is Madison’s largest recreation area, the 99-acre Palmer Park, which contains a playground, softball and baseball diamonds, and soccer and football fields.


Route Makes Use of Sewer Right-of-Way