Quick, personal story: When my husband and I visited Madison in January 2018 to house hunt, I had to stop and wonder if we were actually in Madison because I was so disoriented. I grew up here, but 15 years ago there was nothing (that I knew of) further west of County Line Road. Even County Line was a pretty quiet street. (CAN YOU IMAGINE?)
So when we saw that there was a large chunk of new-development neighborhoods along “some road” called Burgreen, we headed that way. Sure enough, there were many beautiful new areas, but my Maps app couldn’t figure out where we were; It was just so “new” out there. Many of the roads weren’t searchable via GPS yet.
Long story short, we ended up calling my mom (who also lives in Madison) and asked her to chauffeur us around like children in the town that I grew up in because I felt like I was visiting for the first time. I couldn’t believe how much the residential west side of the city had exploded.
Fast forward almost three years, and the growth hasn’t slowed down. Expansions are pushing even further west than Burgreen as a new portion of Madison is springing to life.
And where we see neighborhoods popping up one after another, we can also expect to see retail, restaurants, and recreation opportunities to follow.
One of the first recreational additions to the west side of Madison is a brand new greenway that is already underway.
Oakland Springs Branch Greenway
City of Madison Communications Specialist Samantha Magnuson says that this greenway is tentatively called the Oakland Springs Branch Greenway and will be similar to the Bradford Creek Greenway.
She shared that it will be “approximately two miles long on each side of the creek” and extend from the Stillwater Cove subdivision (off Segers Road) and head north to Huntsville-Browns Ferry Road to the Oakland Springs subdivision area.
The first phase of this greenway is near Stillwater Cove and is already underway.
Magnuson shared that the project “will be implemented over several years, as funding resources and land acquisition allow.”
Below is a rough map, shared by Magnuson, of the tentative plan for the Oakland Springs Branch Greenway.
What else would you like to see the city of Madison do on the west side of town? Send me an email and let me know!