Russellville, ATU Celebrate Opening of Trail

Dr. Robin E. Bowen, Arkansas Tech University president, and Randy Horton, Russellville mayor, cut two ribbons on Tuesday, Nov. 14, to officially open the Arkansas Tech Connect Trail.

The 2,080-foot pedestrian and bicycle trail connects the ATU campus, the Russellville Aquatic Center and Bona Dea Trails. With the opening of the trail, there is a new route for individuals on bicycle or on foot to travel from Russellville Downtown to the Arkansas Tech campus and all the way to Lake Dardanelle

The ribbons were cut on both sides of the trail bridge, which is located halfway between the Russellville Aquatic Center and the western boundary of the ATU campus.

The path to Tuesday’s ceremony began approximately seven years ago when a group of citizens partnered with the Russellville Department of Recreation and Parks to create the Russellville Connected Trail Plan. Funding for the Arkansas Tech Connect Trail was made possible in part through a grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

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