Ark. River Trail could see huge expansion

Ark. River Trail could get 58-mile expansion, if approved

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Arkansas River Trail could get a 58-mile expansion if it gets enough votes at Thursday’s Pulaski County Quorum Court Meeting.

It first needs to get approval from the Pulaski County Quorum Court after it failed to pass last month. The court will vote on the expansion of the trail at Thursday's meeting and needs eight votes to pass. Last month it missed approval by one vote.

"Think of this trail like the River Trail but extended to Hot Springs," President of the Friends of the Southwest Trail Dan Lysk said.

The trail would start from the current River Trail system close to Dillard’s headquarters off of Cantrell and will expand across Saline and Garland counties.

"And it’s going to go through some federal monuments like that state capitol and central high and down towards interstate park," Lysk said.

Three counties have been awarded a federal grant to design a rails to trails project in Central Arkansas. The trail would expand through Pulaski, Saline and Garland counties. Not everybody is on board with the idea, however. A justice of the peace that THV11 spoke with said his main concern was public safety.

"I think the first time it came up for a vote it didn't go so well and everybody was pretty disappointed but hopefully it'll go well this time," Cyclist Don Dobbin said.

While Thursday's vote will decide whether or not the trail gets built, many in the community are still optimistic.

"This is an incredible opportunity to bring tourism to Arkansas and to make livable communities for everybody the trail connects with," Lysk said.

THV11 reached out to the other four justices of the peace who voted against the measure, but none of them got back. Pulaski County will be voting to approve over $175 thousand in grants for the trail at Thursday’s meeting, which starts at 6 p.m.

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