As part of the Town of Harrisburg's vision statement, Town Council has recognized the importance of preserving open space and creating outdoor venues for recreation and exercise as an essential element of Harrisburg's appeal and quality of life. Plans are under discussion for a network of neighborhood fitness trails, sidewalks and greenways to improve pedestrian and bicycle access throughout town and to improve connectivity among neighborhoods and to schools, shopping and other amenities.
The first neighborhood fitness trail has been completed in Town Center. A sign situated behind Harrisburg Town Hall shows the various routes, and color-coded arrows on the sidewalk guide walkers and runners. There are red, gold, green and blue routes with the routes ranging from about a half mile to a mile and a quarter. Kyle Tucker, a Boy Scout with Troop #173, developed the Harrisburg Town Center Fitness Trail as part of his Eagle Scout project.
Plans indicate that Harrisburg will be a terminus point for direct access to a 26-mile greenway through Mecklenburg County and offer direct access to the Carolina Thread Trail. The Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways and trails that will reach 15 counties and 2.3 million citizens at its completion. Please visit the Carolina Thread Trail website for detailed Trail information including maps and annual reports.