City works on master plan for safe walkways - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

City works on master plan for safe walkways

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

The city of Batesville is hoping to connect points of interest in the town with walking trails.  

The Parks and Recreation Department is working on a master plan to create a large walking and biking trail throughout the city.  

"We want to connect all of our places of interest such as public schools, parks, our new community center, hospitals and connect all those places together so people who need or want the trails have a place to go," Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Owens said.  

Owens said there are people who cannot get to certain places due to poor transportation, so this will help them.  

"The plan is to start giving people who do not have a vehicle for transportation or people who want to engage in alternative transportation methods or just get out for health a safe place they can get out for these activities," Owens said.  

Owens said there are currently more than 100 people who use the walking trails near the park and hospital, so this will just expand those trails to other locations.  

"We want to connect commerce, recreation, education and health care," Owens said.  

The Arkansas Department of Health has provided a grant to help develop this master plan.  

The first phase of the plan is to get the public's input on what they want and develop a rough draft based on those ideas.  

"To get a comprehensive plan we have to get the voice of the people so we can serve their needs, not just want we think their needs are," Owens said.  

The first public input meeting was held Thursday and there are two more planned.  

This phase of the project will wrap up by the summer and then phase two, which is finalizing the plan, will start in the fall.

After the master plan is complete, the city must find funding for the project before the construction can start.  

Owens said they will most likely fund the project through grants and private donations. 

He said they must have the plan in place before they can apply for grant money, though. 

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    Earle police officer killed in crash

    Earle police officer killed in crash

    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:48 PM EST2018-02-25 17:48:21 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:54 PM EST2018-02-25 17:54:03 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    An Earle police officer died early Sunday in a car crash, according to a post on Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen's Facebook page. 

    An Earle police officer died early Sunday in a car crash, according to a post on Crittenden County Sheriff Mike Allen's Facebook page. 

  • Weekend storms leave damage, flooding threat

    Weekend storms leave damage, flooding threat

    Sunday, February 25 2018 10:13 AM EST2018-02-25 15:13:26 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:24 PM EST2018-02-25 17:24:31 GMT
    The city of Keiser received damage Saturday night from severe weather that hammered the region. (Source: traviss22 via Twitter)The city of Keiser received damage Saturday night from severe weather that hammered the region. (Source: traviss22 via Twitter)

    The severe weather that hammered Northeast Arkansas Saturday had emergency crews out working Sunday to restore power and check on damage in the aftermath of the storms. 

    The severe weather that hammered Northeast Arkansas Saturday had emergency crews out working Sunday to restore power and check on damage in the aftermath of the storms. 

  • breaking

    Red Cross responding to damage in Malden, MO

    Red Cross responding to damage in Malden, MO

    Sunday, February 25 2018 12:01 PM EST2018-02-25 17:01:09 GMT
    (Source: cNews)(Source: cNews)

     4 people have moderate injuries after a storm blew through Malden on Saturday, February 24.

     4 people have moderate injuries after a storm blew through Malden on Saturday, February 24.

Powered by Frankly