A USD20 million matching grant from the Walton Family Foundation will complete the 84,5-mile biking and pedestrian trail from Lexa to Arkansas City.
“This is great news for cyclists and hikers, who have waited more than 20 years for the completion of this rails-to-trails project. The matching grant we announced today, combined with Arkansas Parks and Tourism funds, means that the wait is almost over," said Hutchinson. She added, "The USD7 million in tourism that the 85-mile trail will attract, along with the 600 jobs it will create, will infuse renewed energy into southeast Arkansas along the trail. Hikers and bikers will see bottomland hardwood forests and views from the levee that we do not see from our cars. This is a great project for Arkansas."
The 50/50 matching grant will allow Arkansas State Parks to complete the construction of the Delta Heritage Trail over the next five years. The state is applying for federal grants to offset the match. This will create a USD40 million investment in the Arkansas Delta.