Officials in Lowell and throughout Northwest Arkansas gathered today to break ground on a new section of the Razorback Regional Greenway that’ll soon go under construction.
The section will run 2.6 miles through Lowell and a trailhead will be built just south of St. Anthony’s On the Creek in Lowell as part of the project. The construction contract for that section of the trail and the trailhead is six months, meaning work will be complete before the end of this year.
It’s the last section of the greenway to go under contract.
The Razorback Regional Greenway is the spine of Northwest Arkansas' growing tails system. The greenway will cover 36 miles, stretching from Lake Bella Vista in a northern area of Bentonville to south Fayetteville. On its way, it will run near 23 schools, across the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art property and through the downtowns of Bentonville, Springdale and Fayetteville.
“The greenway continues to transform communities in Northwest Arkansas, and I’m excited to see the trail progress in Lowell. This section is a crucial link in the 38-mile regional trail,” said Misty Murphy, regional trails coordinator for the Northwest Arkansas Council. “The greenway offers opportunities for transportation, recreation, and new adventures for Northwest Arkansas residents.”
John McLarty, assistant director of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, told those gathered at today’s ceremony that the trail will be with in a half mile of about 75,000 Northwest Arkansas residents’ homes. Another 80,000 people in Benton and Washington counties work less than a half mile from the trail.