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Posted on: January 10, 2022

Portion of Catawba River Greenway Closed for Repairs

Catawba River Greenway (JPG)

The City of Marion has contracted Wright Contracting, LLC to preform river bank stabilization work at seven locations along the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway, which sustained severe erosion during Hurricane Zeta.  The work is scheduled to begin the week of January 10, 2022 and will take approximately twelve weeks to complete.  Due to the use of heavy equipment in the area, for the public’s safety one mile of the Joseph McDowell Historical Catawba Greenway will be closed for the duration of the project.  

The Greenway closure will begin and end west of the US 221 North Bridge underpass and extend to the westernmost wildlife observation platform. Signs will be posted on each end of the greenway indicating points of closure. In the interest of safety, please heed all closures and do not cross any barricades or closed signs on the Greenway.  

During this planned closure, the McDowell Trails Association encourages the public to take advantage of other paved greenways in the area including the greenway at Greenlee Park, McDowell County – Corpening Memorial YMCA Greenway, and the trail at Universal Center Park.  For more information about these greenways and trails please visit the McDowell County Parks and Recreation Department website at or contact their office at (828) 652-3001.  You can also visit the McDowell Trails Association website at for information on other greenways and trails in our area. 

For more information about the project and to view a copy of the Catawba River Greenway Bank Stabilization Plan please visit the City of Marion GIS page located on the City website at or contact Heather Cotton, Planning and Development Director at (828) 652-3551. 

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