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The Greenbelt offers something for everyone

April 12th, 2012 11:04 am by Staff Report

The Greenbelt offers something for everyone

Bicycle riders need to maintain a casual and slow speed while riding on the Greenbelt.

The Greenbelt in Kingsport is a popular place for runners, walkers and bicycle riders of all ages. Warm temperatures in the spring season bring people out to enjoy a leisurely stroll, or some much needed exercise in the beautiful outdoors.

Because of the increased attendance during this season, now is the time to become familiar with the rules and safety issues to follow while using the Greenbelt.

* Walkers always have the right of way.

* Dogs must always be on leashes and it is preferred that dogs be on a non-retractable leash.

* Wildflowers are to remain in the wild and are not to be picked.

* Bicycle riders need to maintain a casual and slow speed while riding on the Greenbelt.

* If you are on a bicycle and approaching from behind, please give advance warning by saying, "Passing on the left/right."

* The Greenbelt closes at dark. Give yourself enough time to return to your car before dark when planning an outing.

* Fishing is acceptable, but be aware of others around you when casting and always pick up your trash when finished.

* If you are using earphones while running/walking on the Greenbelt, please keep the volume down so you can hear others passing around you. This is for your safety also.

* Please do not disturb the animals, look but don’t touch. If you feed the geese, the safest place for everyone is along the river edge and away from the trail.

* Always park in the designated parking spaces.

Kitty Frazier, parks and recreation manager, for the City of Kingsport said, "We want everyone to have a wonderful experience while using the Greenbelt. In order to do that, everyone must be aware of the rules and allow consideration for other users."

For more information on the Greenbelt, or to report any safety concerns, please call 423-229-9457, or visit the website at and click on the Greenbelt link on the left.

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