Bell Park Promenade Receives $126,000 Grant

The Greenwood Parks Department has received a $126,000 from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department for the extension of the Promenade in Bell Park. The funds will be used to complete the Promenade loop from the amphitheater to the top of the park. According to a press release. The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) provides funding for programs and projects defined as “transportation alternatives” for pedestrians, bicyclists and other nonmotorized forms of transportation. It was authorized by the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, and is a reimbursement-type grant program that provides for an 80 percent federal share and a 20 percent local match from eligible applicants.

A total of 71 TAP projects and 15 RTP projects were awarded statewide for 2016. A total of $16,500,000 was awarded statewide for TAP projects and $1,373,000 was awarded to RTP projects.

"Under the TAP program, eligible projects can include construction of on-road and off-road trail facilities that include sidewalks, bicycle infrastructure, pedestrian and bicycle signals, lighting and other safety-related infrastructure," the release states. "Conversion of abandoned railroad corridors for pedestrian and bicycle trails is also eligible."

The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is funded through a portion of TAP funds set aside specifically for recreational trails. These funds are eligible for the maintenance and restoration of existing trails, the development and rehabilitation of trailside facilities, trailhead facilities and trail linkages and the construction of new trails.

The parks has also received an additional $50,000 from the Arkansas Community Foundation to continue the city walking trail up Bell Rd.

The parks department has started the process of extending the trail up Bell Road in what will eventually be a loop that goes from City Hall all the way up to Bell Park and back again. So far the new trail extension consists of a walkway that comes from behind City Hall and runs in front of the Greenwood City Fire Department and the recycling center. Mckinney stated that he has been in talks with landowners about where the trail will go next and has received permission from to continue behind Armedica on Bell Road and go all the way to the cemetery.

When completed the trail will be between six and seven miles long and will include some bridges along the way.