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Pete Eshelman (at podium) salutes Liz Belcher (seated). G Marrano photo

The Roanoke Valley Greenways Coordinator since that job came into existence in 1996 steps down in a few days. Well-wishers and those Liz Belcher has worked with as the greenway and natural surface trail system grew over the past 25 years celebrated that legacy on Wednesday, as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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There was a ribbon cutting for a new bridge that is part of the Roanoke River Greenway today. The Barnhardt Creek Bridge connects sections between Roanoke city and Salem near Peter’s Creek road. The donors who contributed over $50,000 are recognized on a plaque at a plaza constructed in the Roanoke section of the Greenway. The plaza is home to the “Freewheelin” sculpture and was named Liz Belcher Plaza by Roanoke City Council. Belcher, the Greenways coordinator, is retiring this month:

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