Spann, President of the Arsenal Hill Neighborhood Association takes The State on a tour of undeveloped property.
The group, led by Arsenal Hill Neighborhood president Cliff Spann, used a $50,000 hospitality tax grant to pay for an engineering study of the property.
And they have applied for a $100,000 grant from the State Parks, Recreation and Tourism 2011 Recreational Trails Program grant.
and other neighbors complained, and the city came through and cleared out the railroad bed, making it a tougher place to hide.
By that time, downtown neighborhood leaders had been working on the Vista Greenway project for about a year.
Spann views the greenway more as a transportation than a recreation project.
Were getting true ease of use for people to get access into the Vista to go and spend their money without having to cross over Elmwood, without having to cross over Assembly, without crossing by the homeless shelters, Spann
This is a huge asset in Columbia with a great deal of history, and all were doing is just continuing what its always been, a means of transportation.
In keeping with his
goal of minimal construction, Spann
hopes surrounding neighborhoods and other community groups, such as Columbia Green, would plant flowers and help keep it clean.
With the trail passing under four bridges, it has become a dumping ground for trash, including a pair of steel-toed boots.