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Batesville plans to extend walking trail

Two people walk Tuesday on the Batesville walking trail. (Source: KAIT) Two people walk Tuesday on the Batesville walking trail. (Source: KAIT)
BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) -

An opportunity to extend a walking trail to industries, neighborhoods and Main Street may be in the offing if Batesville city officials get their wish. 

The Batesville City Council met Tuesday to discuss extending their Greenway walking trail to the city's Main Street area. Mayor Rick Elumbaugh said city officials have been able to accumulate about two miles in the city for the extended trail. 

Elumbaugh said extending the trail has a multi-layered approach.

"In 2010, we were selected as a growing healthy community, and we just wanted to extend. We've had community gardens, and I'm an advocate of walking trails just for the health and wellness of our community," Elumbaugh said. 

The city has received funding from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for different segments of the project. However, Elumbaugh said it will take about two years to complete the project. 

The plan Tuesday night called for the city to seek a greenway trails grant from the state highway department. 

Under the proposal, the project would be funded through 80% federal, 20% local funding. 

Elumbaugh said bicyclists can ride on the trail, while the updated project calls for single motorized vehicles to be on the trail as well. 

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