Ep. 17 – Capital Area Greenway

The Capital Area Greenway system of Raleigh is considered one of the city’s best features. This time we take a look at how it got started and talk about two volunteer programs that help maintain it.

Capital Area Greenway System
Trail maps, lengths, safety videos, master plan, GIS data, and the Adopt-a-Trail Program.

Raleigh Parks & Rec Departments Greenway Trails YouTube Channel

RGreenway App

Raleigh Greenway Volunteer Program


 (rĭ-pâr′ē-ən) adj. – Of, on, or relating to the banks of a natural course of water.

Early Greenway Timeline – Source: Capital Area Greenway Planning and Design Guideline

  • September 1969 – “A Park, Recreation, and Open Space Plan for 1970-1980” was Raleigh’s First Greenway Proposal
  • September 1972- Bill Flournoy presents to City Council the “Report to the City Council on the Benefits, Potential, and Methodology of Establishing a Greenway System in Raleigh”
  • November 1973 – First concept plan of greenway corridors adopted by City Council
  • January 1974  – House Creek Trail pilot project under development
  • September 1974 – Council passes resolution creating greenway commission

Looking Back at 25 Years of Greenway Expansion – Raleigh Public Record, June 6, 2014

Bike commuting should get a boost from the Raleigh transit bond – News & Observer Op-Ed, April 21, 2017