Umstead Park to Close on July 5

Chapel Hill’s Umstead Park and its adjacent Tanyard Branch greenway trail will close on Tuesday, July 5, and remain closed through December 2011 during an OWASA sewer replacement project.

The Town of Chapel Hill and Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) encourage drivers, cyclists and others to use alternate routes around the sewer project. Currently, Umstead Drive is closed between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Umstead Park.

OWASA’s contractor also plans to close the intersection of Village Drive and Umstead Drive from mid-October through mid-November 2011. This estimated timetable is subject to change due to weather and other factors.

To find out more about the sewer project, check For more information about the park closure, contact Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Bill Webster at 919-968-2819 or