GVL opens new bike trail; Ecotourism generates millions for city

GVL opens new bike trail; Ecotourism generates millions for city


TONIGHT…GREENVILLE CITY LEADERS ARE EXPANDING THE CITY’S GREEN SPACE … WITH THE ADDITION OF A NEW MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL… THAT’S TO TONIGHT GREENVILLE CITY LEADERS ARE EXPANDING THE TRAIL. 7 NEWS CITY’S STEFANY BORNMAN WAS AT THE GRAND OP ADDITION ROCK CREEK TRAIL… SHE SHARES THE ECONOMIC VALUE OF PARKS AND TRAILS. 3 GREENVILLE, CITY LEADERS AIM TO KEEP THE GREEN IN GREENVILLE. WHILE YOU CAN’T PUT A PRICE TAG ON EVERYTHING YOU GAIN FROM THE OUTDOORS… YOU CAN PUT A PRI ECO-TOURISM…IT’S GENERATED MORE THAN 6 MILLION DOLLARS IN ONE YEAR… FOR THE CITY OF GREENVILLE. AND JUST LIKE THAT GREENVILLE’S NEWEST SOFT SURFACE MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAIL WAS OPEN FOR BUSINESS … JIL LITTLEJOHN/CITY OF REPORT ON T “EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT THE SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL AND THE 23 MILES TH Reporter: THIS ADDS AN ADDITIONAL 1 POINT THREE MILES TO WHAT’S ALREADY HAPPENING IN OUR GREAT COMMUNITY.” SLIDING ROCK CREEK MOUNTAIN BIKE TRA TO CONNECTED TO A SPUR OF THE SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL. THE PROJECT HAS BEEN 11 YEARS IN THE MAKING… BUT MOST OF THE LEG WORK WAS DONE THIS YEAR. CITY’S 2007 TRAI YOU CAN GREENWAY MASTER PLAN… A VISION TO CONNECT THE COMMUNITY TO THE OUTDOOR…. AND LINK THE CITY’S MOST POPULAR OUTDOOR TRAILS. MARLIE CREASEY-SMITH/DEPUTY DIR. PARKS AND REC.:”SO IT ADDS A LOT OF ECOTOURISM AND JUST ENVIRONMENTAL VALUE AS A WHOLE.” DEVELOPED RECREATIONAL SPACE HELPS GREAT OUTDOOR AN ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THE CITY. MARLIE CREASEY- SMITH/DEPUTY DIR. PARKS AND REC.: “THERE’S BEEN COUNTLESS STUDIES THAT IT INCREASES PROPERTY VALUES, BUT IT ALSO IMPROVES THE QUALITY OF LIFE HERE LOCALLY FOR US.” ACCORDING TO THIS STUDY… IN 2013 THE SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL GENERATED SIX POINT 7 MILLION DOLLAR A GREENVILLE. THE PARKS AND RECRETIONAL DEPUTY DIRECTOR TELLS 7 NEWS THAT’S WHY CITY CONTINUES TO BUILD ON THE SUCCESS OF THE IT’S UNIQUE ECO-TOURISM. MARLIE CREASEY-SMITH/DEPUTY DIR. PARKS AND REC.: “IT BRINGS FOLKS INTO THE CITY AND MORE IMPORTANTLY IT KEEPS FOLKS IN THE CITY.” THE TERRAIN IS MOUNTAIN BIKE FRIENDLY … NOT UPSTATESORBA: “THIS IS ADDING OR DIRT TRAILS TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA.” BUT IT’S ALSO ACCESSIBLE BY FOO FOR A NICE FALL HIKE THROUGH THE WOODS… WITH FAMILY. STEFANY LL TAG: THIS TRAIL HAPPEN WITHOUT THE HELP OF UPSTATE SORBA WHO VOLUNTEERED MORE THAN 900 THIS HAPPEN GREENVILLE, STEFANY BORNMAN, 7NEWS. SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL AND THE 23- MILES THAT EXIST THERE. THIS AS AN ADDITIONAL 1.3-MILES TO WHAT IS ALREADY HAPPENING. Reporter: IT’S CONNECTED TO A SPUR OF THE SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL AND THE PROJECT HAS BEEN 11 YEARS IN THE MAKING. AND MOST OF THE LEG WORK WAS DONE THIS YEAR. IT WAS INCLUDED IN THE TRAILS AND GREENWAY MASTER PLAN. A VISION TO CONNECT THE COMMUNITY TO THE OUTDOORS, AND LINK THE POPULAR OUTDOOR TRAILS. THAT’S A LOT OF TOURISM AND ECONOMIC VALUE AS A WHOLE. Reporter: IT HELPS GREENVILLE ATTRACT TOURISTS, AN ECONOMIC DRIVER FOR THE CITY. IT INCREASES PROPERTY VALUES AND IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE LOCALLY FOR US. Reporter: IN 2013, THE SWAMP RABBIT TRAIL GENERATED $6.1 MILLION IN REVENUE FOR GREENVILLE. THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR TELLS 7 NEWS THAT’S WHY THE CITY CONTINUES TO BUILD ON THE SUCCESS OF THE UNIQUE ECOTOURISM. IT BRINGS FOLKS INTO THE CITY AND KEEPS THEM INTO THE CITY. THIS IS ADDING A LOT OF DIRT TRAILS TO THE DOWNTOWN AREA. Reporter: IT’S ALSO ACCESSIBLE BY FOOT. THIS TRAIL COULDN’T HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT THE HELP OF THOSE GREENVILLE IS ONE OF THE FAST GROWING CITIES FOR BIKING AND MOUNTAIN BIKING. TO MAKE THIS H STEFANY BORNMAN, GREENVILLE IS

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