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Craighead Forest Trailway construction underway

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Crews have started construction on the new trail for Craighead Forest Park.

The trail will stretch 3.2 miles around the park for walkers, runners and bikers.

Parks and Recreation Director Wixson Huffstetler said the trail will keep people safe while they are enjoying the park.

“This is a safety hazard issue for out here so we are going to get people off the road and on their own safe place to be able to bike and run and also there will be workout stations every quarter of a mile,” Huffstetler said.

There will be a total of 12 workout stations along the trail.

Huffstetler said the park has become popular over the years and this trail is much needed.

“Over the past five or six years this park has really grown with people using it,” Huffstetler said.

Overall, the feedback has been positive regarding the trail, but a few people expressed concerns with the amount of trees that were cut down.

 “We had to cut down several trees to get this trail to fit back here and to make the slope right and to make it ADA approved,” Huffstetler said.

Huffstetler said crews only cut down the trees necessary to make the trail.

“Within five years you will never notice that this was even cut out, the canopy will grow back, we are going to grass both sides of the trail, so it is going to be a nice trail," Huffstetler said. "If everybody will just wait until the completion everyone will see it is going to be a great product for Jonesboro.”

Huffstetler said crews hope to have the first phase of the trail complete in the beginning of May, if weather permits.

The second phase, with the exercise stations, will start next.

The parks and recreation department has already secured the funds for the second phase.

Park visitors can expect to see 48 different exercise pieces throughout the park including ellipticals, bench presses, leg presses and other items.

The department purchased the equipment with money from a Blue and You grant with Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

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