....the benefits of the trail are many. Benefits include more attractive communities, safer routes for bicyclists, pedestrians and children going to school in addition to higher property values to nearby lands.
The Greene County Future Fund has secured over $700,000 in funds for the project. The latest revisions of the plan were submitted to the Arkansas Highway Department of Transportation in January 2020. The executive committee is working on a few easements and some temporary construction easements. The project should be bid Spring 2020.
The Arkansas Highway Transportation Department (AHTD) has approved a grant of $403,000 and is making a large investment in the citizens of Greene County and Paragould.
The AHTD Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) has awarded $403,000 for construction of Phase One of the 8 mile creek trail project. This phase will begin in the Sundale Area near Rotary Softball park and follow the 8 mile creek east to highway 49 north.
City of Paragould is willing to donate the remaining funds for the project. The Greene County Future Fund has been working closely with ETC Engineering to check on the progress of the design work. As of October 2018, ETC has stated they should be able to bid the project in Spring of 2019 and work and completion of the trail should not be long thereafter.
In 2018, the Greene County Future fund purchased 7 bicycle racks to be placed throughout downtown Paragould. These bicycle rack will encourage this mode of transportation and allow owners to safely secure their bicycle’s to various places along downtown.
Increased Property Values
The millennial generation is looking for an attractive community and trails consistently remain the number one community amenity sought by prospective homeowners (Cited National Association of Homebuilders).
Attract More Businesses
Businesses want to relocate in a community that buyers want to live in; places that are safe and attractive with opportunities for walking and trail activities.
Promote Better Health
Arkansas is #1 in obesity and a lot of this in part due to inactivity.
"People can't get out of their cars, unless we provide them with another way to get where they are going."