Extending the Carolina Thread Trail across the Catawba River from the City of Belmont into Gaston County, Abbey Creek Greenway is a 1.2-mile bicycle and pedestrian path designed to connect the heart of downtown Belmont, Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park, and the new municipal building and recreation complex. As the flagship capital improvement (CIP) project for the City of Belmont’s greenway master plan, this section of trail came to life from a public-private partnership with Kaplan Residential, the developer of multi-family community The Morris at Belmont. Modeling best practices for future public-private partnerships, ESP performed stakeholder management and public engagement to facilitate all parties’ visions and goals. To help balance various CIP projects and prepare for additional grants, our team also coordinated with other local and state agencies (e.g. NCDOT, GCLMPO, NCDEQ, Catawba Lands Conservancy) to create a multi-year budget and schedule that will align the City of Belmont’s fiscal budget across all departments. ESP provided master planning, landscape architecture, civil design, geotechnical, survey, and other services throughout all phases of project development.