Written by Arkansas Real Estate
As we approach a new year, we all are thinking about resolutions for the promise of a fresh start in 2013. Some of us might be thinking of ways to improve ourselves maybe through health, exercise, or maybe just to spend more quality time with family. One exciting thing that can accomplish much of this is the new Razorback Greenway Trail System. This week we caught up with John McLarty, Assistant Director/Transportation Planner with the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission. The trail's ribbon cutting was hosted this past October.
John shared some of the exciting things the trail system has to offer and how it will continue to improve the quality of life for residents in Northwest Arkansas.
What are some of the features that the Razorback Greenway will have?
The Razorback Regional Greenway is now envisioned as a 36-mile, primarily off-road, shared use trail that extends from the Bella Vista Trail in north Bentonville south to the Frisco Trail in south Fayetteville. The trail links together dozens of popular community destinations including:
- six downtown areas
- three major hospitals
- 23 schools
- the University of Arkansas campus
- corporate headquarters of Walmart, JB Hunt and Tyson Foods
- arts and entertainment venues
- shopping areas
- historic sites
- residential communities
What has been completed thus far?
The trail has been completed from Bella Vista Lake to the Promenade Parkway and from Martin Luther King Blvd to Van Ashe in Fayetteville.
Can you explain the significance of having this regional trail in NWA?
We started regional trail planning in 2002, but planning for the Greenway specifically started in March of 2010.
The driving force was to link the trail systems of the region's cities for both commuting to work and school, and healthy outdoor recreation.
The Razorback Regional Greenway will provide a safe way for bicyclist and pedestrians to access work, school, shopping, parks, museums and many other key destinations in N.W. Arkansas. It will also provide a healthy recreational opportunity for N.W Arkansas citizens as well as visitors to our area.