The city of Pine Bluff will be spending $382,555 to to build the final section of the Lake Saracen Walking Trail, with 80 percent of that money coming from grants.
This news comes eight years after construction began in 2009. The trail circles Lake Saracen for about five miles. The walking trail project has been split into eight phases.
The trail is a collaboration among the Lake Saracen Project Association, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the Southeast Arkansas Economic Development District, the city of Pine Bluff, Jefferson County, Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department, the Southeast Arkansas Regional Planning Department and Pine Bluff Economic and Community Development Department.
April Layher, director of the Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation Department, hailed this news as another positive step for Pine Bluff residents. Besides attracting runners and walkers, the trail affords people in wheelchairs access to fishing in the Brump Bayou Wildlife Observation Pier.
“We are very excited about it,” Layher said. “There are a few people who came into our office and walked the entire section even without the [entire] sidewalk in place. It is great for the citizens of Pine Bluff, especially since it is going to be a loop.”
The trail currently ends at Linden Street. The next phase will add sidewalks between Linden Street and the Lake Saracen Splash Park.
The latest funding was approved by the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department and…
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