Community rebuilds Murray Run Greenway in Fishburn Park

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - People in many parts of our region are still cleaning up damage left behind by flash flooding this fall. Roanoke's Parks and Recreation has partnered with volunteers to rebuild the Murray Run Greenway in Fishburn Park. It's been closed since mid-October.

Renee Powers has been rebuilding the Murray Run Greenway for the last couple of days.

"It's awesome. That's one of the huge perks, I always say, of working for a municipality. Everything you do really impacts the community, and my job specifically with trails and greenways is what people love to do in their free time,' said Powers, Trails and Greenway Supervisor for City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation.

Flash floods destroyed more than half of the nearly two-mile long trail, but Powers isn't rebuilding this trail alone. It's a community effort.

A volunteer named Chuck Gilliland said, "I'm semi-retired and like doing outdoor things, so for several years I've been on a group called the mid-week trail group. We build hiking, biking trails generally around Carvins Cove and so forth . . . Also, l live very close to this trail, so I like having it repaired."

Volunteers are using a stone--called Ballast--for their project. They lay the stones down first because it allows water to drain through it.

"Then we put down what's called 21-A, which is more of a compacting base layer, and then we finish it with Fine, so that way it's a really nice, smooth surface for folks," Powers said.

The trail is still closed for now, but there will be more volunteer days coming up to get the Greenway back in shape. You can check for these dates at