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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

Gary Shell Cross-City Trail

What's new with the trail
  The city officially dedicated the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail and cut the ribbon on the trail's two newest sections on Monday, December 13 at Empie Park.

The Gary Shell Cross-City Trail is a 20-mile, off-road, multi-use trail which will provide bicycle and pedestrian access to numerous recreational, cultural and educational destinations in Wilmington. When completed, the trail will connect Wade Park to the Heide-Trask Drawbridge at the Intracoastal Waterway.

The first section is 0.85 of a mile. It runs from Halyburton Park to Museum Drive and includes connections to the internal trail network within Halyburton Park and improved pedestrian crossings on George Anderson Drive and Museum Drive.

The second section adds another 2.80 miles to the trail and runs along Independence Boulevard from Converse Road to Randall Parkway. It includes a bridge over Burnt Mill Creek and passes through Empie Park. It also connects to the River to the Sea Bikeway along Park Avenue.

Funding for these sections came from the voter-approved 2006 Parks and Greenspace bond and federal stimulus funds.

On August 3, the Wilmington City Council voted to name the Cross-City Trail the Gary Shell Cross-City Trail after the City of Wilmington’s former director of Parks and Recreation.

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