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 In the News, November 13, 2017 

Stand-alone greenway coming to Burlington

City Manager Harden Watkins said the approval of the first stand-alone greenway in Burlington is a great example of partnership in the county. "Very important to quality of life, those are the things that people look for when making decisions to buy homes, to invest in businesses here to bring jobs to our community," Watkins said. "Impact Alamance is our funding partner they are a wonderful partner in the community. They do great things all over Alamance County. They're funding three-quarters of the expense of this project for us and we have our other partners -- the Town of Elon, Elon University and LabCorp completing the rest." The first phase will be about one mile, eventually expanding 3.6 miles towards downtown along Front Street.

City approves solar farms

Two solar farm projects gained approval Thursday night at the Asheboro City Council meeting. Council members unanimously approved rezoning and special use permits for each project. Just over seven acres on which one solar farm would be developed off Gold Hill Road is in the city; the balance of the 39-acre site falls under county jurisdiction. The other, planned for 45.5 acres on Old Cedar Falls Road, is not in city limits but is in the city’s extraterritorial zoning district. Both solar farms are near electrical substations, which developers said made the proposed sites attractive. Each would be built on leased property.

Upgrades coming to Freedom Park in Eden

Eden Parks and Recreation Director Johnny Farmer can't wait to see Freedom Park's new look. "We are very excited about the things that are happening and I think they will continue to be happening," he said. Over the next three to four weeks, city teams will begin transforming a corner of Freedom Park into a dog park. "The dogs in our community they are like people, they like to socialize," Farmer said. "And we feel like those that don't use our park, this is an opportunity to use it."

Raleigh officials hold groundbreaking for Moore Square construction

One of the oldest public parks in Raleigh will soon be closed for more than a year. Moore Square has been a part of the city for centuries, but the last time it had any large-scale improvements was about 25 years ago. It’s a place for more than just people. Dog owners and their four-legged friends can be seen daily at the park. “This is about the first place of plentiful grass to kind of walk the pups, so outside of this it’s streets and parking lots,” said Doug Bennett. City officials will start construction on Moore Square later this month. “There will be new amenities, a cafe, water feature, playground, new seating and improved walkways,” said Stephen Bentley, assistant direct of parks for Raleigh.