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Opening of trail delayed
Rain pushes back event to Friday
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Gail Arrowood rides a bike on Big Creek Greenway earlier this fall. A ribbon cutting ceremony for the next phase of the trail has been rescheduled for Friday. - photo by File photo
The public may have to wait a little longer to use the next phase of the Big Creek Greenway.

A ribbon cutting scheduled for today at the McFarland Parkway trailhead has been postponed until 10:30 a.m. Friday. The section extends nearly seven miles to Bethelview Road.

Forsyth County spokeswoman Jodi Gardner attributed the delay to today’s weather forecast, which calls for heavy rain.

A second postponement is not out of the question, as precipitation may return Friday.

The 12-foot-wide concrete and wooden footpath, which meanders along Big Creek, will eventually stretch 15 miles.

Two phases of the popular trail, which together total about three miles, opened in September.

Residents can access the trail at its entrance on Bethelview Road in southwestern Forsyth.

The next two sections of the greenway will connect to McGinnis Ferry Road, in the south, and Sawnee Mountain Preserve on Spot Road, to the north.

Construction is scheduled for early 2011.

Funding for the greenway comes from the $100 million parks, recreation and green space bond, as well as impact fees collected on new development.