Timeline of Connect Our Schools

 11/6/2017 Update: Public Open House will be final public input opportunity before construction

What: Open House for Garbers Church Shared Use Paths (Connect Our Schools)
When: Thursday, November 9th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Bluestone Elementary School, Dining Commons.
Why: This will be the final opportunity to comment on the Connect Our Schools proposed projects. Come out to show your support and also to vocalize what the greenways should look like, where they should go, and more.

Read the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition comments about the project written after the last public meeting. Click Here

From the City of Harrisonburg: “City of Harrisonburg Public Works will host an open-house meeting to share plans for the Garbers Church Road Shared Use Path (aka Connect our Schools) with the public. The public is invited to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide input on the design.

The meeting will build upon the previous Citizen Information Meeting, held in January, where conceptual plans were shared with the public, and public input was received. The project will construct a shared bicycle and pedestrian facility that will connect schools and parks in the southwest quadrant of the city.

Additional information on the project: https://www.harrisonburgva.gov/garbers-church-road-sup

3/4/2017 Update: Funding Secured Devil’s in the (Construction) Details

While substantial funding is in place for the projects associated with Connect Our Schools, we still have a long way to go. The City of Harrsisonburg solicited public input early in the process (January 11 Citizen Input Meeting) and is about to embark on preliminary engineering to determine cost estimates. We asked for you to comment on the projects and process right here. 

You may have heard about recent reports that the city will be short on funding for these projects. We continue to work with the city to help shape the best possible outcome and be sure our schools, parks, and communities are connected for biking and walking. Have ideas or want to get involved? We need all the help we can get for what will be the largest walk/bike project in the history of our Firendly City. Email us to see how you can help [email protected]

7/18/2016: City Council and VDOT to fund Projects

We did it! With your help and a community of support, the City of Harrisonburg added an additional $1.5 million to their latest bond for Bluestone Elementary School. We recently learned that the city also received a $1.5 million match from the Virginia Department of Transportation in the form of revenue sharing allocation. Listen to the WMRA piece on Connect Our Schools.

The combined total of $3 million will be the largest single sum the city has ever spent on biking and walking projects at one time. This is HUGE!

Consider Joining the SVBC to help us keep this momentum rolling!

A victory like this is many years in the making. Over a decade of planning, organizing, building momentum, and showing our city why it is so important to encourage and foster active, healthy, and connected communities.

Unfortunately, it does not look like the city will move as quickly as we had hoped to build these greenways. As of now we are looking at 2018 or 2019 before the paths are on the ground. Rest assured that we will continue to work with the city to ensure they move as quickly as possible towards construction. We recognize the level of planning and engineering required before the dirt can start flying. Once the initial engineering has taken place we will reassess the situation and stay in communication with the city and all of YOU, our wonderful supporters.