WINTERVILLE, Pitt County — The weather Wednesday was nice again. For many in Winterville, a future greenway would be the perfect spot to enjoy it.
But not everyone feels that way.
In about five years, there will be a new greenway trail in Winterville. Stephen Reddick isn't quite as excited about the future project. He said the greenway trail will literally be in his backyard.
"It’s one of those things you love it until it touches you directly," Reddick said. "We don’t want our backyard to be turned into a public park.
Reddick believes the town is moving forward without really getting sense of what homeowners think.
"We’ve received letters in the mail inviting us to reach out to them, no one has personally spoken to me," Reddick said.
Reddick said living in a quiet neighborhood means fewer cars and people. He's afraid crime could be a concern when the greenway opens.
The planned 3-mile greenway loop will wind through town-owned property from the Cedar Ridge neighborhood to Worthington Road and will including walking and bike paths.
"People get used to something being the way it is and they like for it to stay that way, but change is inevitable and it is going to occur," Winterville Assistant Town Manager Ben Williams said. "A facility that’s constantly being used by the public, the citizens, classrooms education situations, there will be self policing and criminals are not going to want to get into an area where they don’t know when the next person is just going to come around the bend."
The project will cost around $5 million with money used from the general budget, Williams said. Grants will also be pursued.
"We are always looking to maximize the local contribution to get the most bang for our buck," Williams said.
Still, the thought of it all still sits poorly with Reddick.
"Our privacy is at stake here, if we would want more privacy, because it looks like it is going to happen now," Reddick said. "We’d have to either build a fence, plant something, we’d have to do something that’d set us back financially."
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