Creekline Trails of Opelika is a citizen-led greenway vision inspired by our unique watershed and designed to address recreation, transportation, and conservation needs in Opelika, Alabama.
Featuring an interconnected system of nature trails, multiuse paths, bike lanes, and pocket parks, the Creekline effort seeks to connect Opelika’s scenic streams and major thoroughfares with parks, schools, businesses, and points of interest. The initiative is built upon three pillars: (1) outdoor recreation, (2) alternative transportation, and (3) watershed protection.
Creekline Trails of Opelika was adopted as a project of Envision Opelika Foundation, Inc. in August 2018. The Foundation currently serves as the project's 501(c)(3) nonprofit umbrella and fiscal sponsor. For more information, visit www.envisionopelika.org.
More than 88 community members expressed their support for Creekline Trails by donating over $15,000 during this inaugural online fundraising event hosted by the Community Foundation of East Alabama.
The Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program of the National Park Service supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation.
In November 2019, Creekline Trails of Opelika was selected to receive technical assistance through the RTCA Program. As a result, NPS professionals will draft a Creekline Trails Master Plan to aid in trail design and funding acquisition. Stay tuned for more information to come!
The local community reiterated its support for Creekline Trails by surpassing the $10,000 fundraising goal on the second annual Opelika Giving Day in June 2020.
In July 2020, Opelika City Council voted to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Opelika and Envision Opelika regarding Creekline Trails.
Under this arrangement, the City of Opelika agreed to appropriate a sum of $30,000 toward Creekline Trails in its 2020-2021 budget.
Creekline Trails hosted a public meeting in November 2020 to kick off the master planning process. Respective landowners were invited by direct mail, and over 129 survey submissions were received from community members. The collected data will be used to inform the preliminary draft of the master plan.
In February 2021, the Opelika Industrial Development Authority agreed to grant trail easement rights along the Pepperell Branch through the new Opelika Innovation and Technology Park.
The City of Opelika applied for $400,000 of ADECA Recreational Trails Program (RTP) funding, designated for Creekline trail construction.
Opelika residents reinforced their desire for Creekline Trails once again, fulfilling 125.5% of the $10,000 fundraising goal on the third annual Opelika Giving Day in May 2021.