Little Rock and North Little Rock: River Trail Represents Commitment To Residents (Quality of Life | Winner 20,000+)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012 12:00 am  

The River Trail has been recognized nationally, including its being named the best bike trail in the South by the American Automobile Association’s Southern Traveler magazine in 2011. It currently begins at the Clinton Presidential Park Bridge and traverses both sides of the river until meeting up at the Big Dam Bridge.

From there, the trail sticks to the south side, taking the Two Rivers Park Bridge over the Little Maumelle River on its way to Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

Literally, the trail takes walkers, bikers, skaters or strollers from an urban center to near wilderness areas. Eventually, area leaders envision the north portion of the trail taking off on a northwest path to Maumelle and even Conway.

Civic leaders plan on seeing the trail system become an even more integral part of the central Arkansas landscape, and are developing a plan to manage its future growth that includes the following objectives:

  • Expand the original vision of the trail to include all of central Arkansas
  • Create a formal arrangement for managing the expansion, maintenance, operation and marketing of the ART
  • Define the trail’s route and identify connecting trails that could be added
  • Define and adopt a readily identifiable system of signage and trail marking
  • Agree to common maintenance standards along the length of the trail
  • Define minimum trail standards for future expansion
  • Develop an annual ART marketing plan
  • Develop an emergency response plan
  • Develop recommendations for laws and ordinances pertaining to the trail system, processes for cross-jurisdictional enforcement of those laws and coordination of trail volunteers
  • Establish an outdoor education program to promote responsible use of the trail system.



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