In 2009, our region embarked on an ambitious journey – to develop a trail system connecting the major metropolitan areas. Today, I am excited to announce that the vision and hard work of many have come to fruition. The Razorback Regional Greenway is complete.
On Saturday, May 2, the multi-use, hard-surface trail system officially opened as more than 1,000 residents and dignitaries came together for a day of celebration. The Walton Family Foundation is honored to be involved in this project and to have invested $15 million in matching grants and gifts to support trail development.
But the Razorback Regional Greenway is more than a 36-mile trail connecting Bentonville to Fayetteville.
It is a catalyst for revitalization efforts throughout the region. It is an alternative transportation route for hundreds of commuters every day. It is a recreational magnet for those looking to achieve a healthier lifestyle. It is economic development, with new businesses springing up along the corridor and existing businesses experiencing increased foot traffic. It is one more reason Northwest Arkansas is a great place to live, work and play.
Today, our region has approximately 300 miles of soft- and hard-surface trails, with over 60 miles connected directly to the Greenway. It is a shining example of what we can accomplish when our communities work together for the common good. We are proud to be a partner in a project that will improve our quality of life for generations to come.