First, "word" circulated through the Charlotte Running community that the Park and Rec crew was thinking about paving the well known strip of dirt known as Mc Alpine Greenway.
Now, it looks like this "word" is actually going to come true. Between Sardis and Independence, we are going to get the nicest, thickest, blackest, hardest piece of asphalt that the county can afford.
So as long as we are adding this new piece of asphalt, I would like to make some other improvements. First, let's start with the parking.
If I am going to run on pavement, then why would I ever want to park my car on a gravel parking lot – even if it was free. Well, it isn't exactly free, I have to pay my taxes so in a way I am paying for it. But this is a whole other topic.
And, let's start opening the gates at 5 AM instead of 6. That would be a huge help so what if you have to let the guy off at 3pm instead of 5pm. I mean does the same guy that unlocks the gates also lock them.
Also so that I don't run into anyone, let's paint a double yellow stripe down the middle of this new piece of asphalt. Wait, I forgot. We need the path to be at least 8 feet wide. So we can accommodate people running and walking side by side. I am not going to touch the issue of baby joggers going side by side. That's too hot for me to handle.
Maybe we could get some glow in the dark mile post to help with the early and late evening runners. As I get older it is hard to read them in broad day light. I really need them to glow so that I can see them better.
Maybe some new porta jons along the course. I mean Mc Alpine is built on top of a sewer so how hard could it be to hook into it.
Then, there are the deer. We need some deer crossing signs. Mc Alpine might be the one place where the deer will actually run the people down. Do you think we need people crossing signs instead? Do deer understand English? Sorry, I digress.
Let's not forget the roosting owl on the back side of the 5k course. Maybe we can add some noise reduction devices so he doesn't hear our feet pounding on the payment.
Or the coyotes, they will probably need some type of shoes so they don't tear up their paws when crossing the greenway.
Personally, I would like to see some water stops added long the course. And, I am not talking about the lake. Ben is the only person that I know that has entered the lake and come out alive. The rest of us know better.
Just one more parting thought, is there any chance that we could get some tuff instead of asphalt. How cool would it be to run down from Sardis to Independence on blue or red tuff? Wouldn't it be cool or what.
Thoughts from the Cool Down Runner