greenway_bikes

Connecting Multiple Communities

Razorback Regional Greenway

The Razorback Regional Greenway was an ambitious project to connect the four biggest communities in Northwest Arkansas with a continuous paved bike trail. Through a unique public private partnership between the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission, local municipalities and the Walton Family Foundation approximately 36 miles of trail was completed.  The Greenway has acted as a catalyst for community collaboration and has spurred economic development and the construction of additional trail and cycling infrastructure.

http://techonomy.com/2016/10/happy-trails-an-inexpensive-way-to-revive-american-suburbs/

http://www.nwatrails.org/trail/razorback-regional-greenway/


 
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Unique, active AMENITY 

Bella Vista Back 40

The Back Forty trail system can best be described by Collaboration and partnerships. Through a unique agreement, The Property Owners Association, and the City of Bella Vista, AR partnered with the NWA Trailblazers to construct forty miles of world class purpose built mountain bike trails in Bella Vista, AR.  This trail system officially opened for business in October 2016 and has received rave reviews.

 http://www.arkansas.com/blog/post/first-section-of-bella-vista-back-40-mountain-bike-trail-now-open/


 
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public private partnerships 

Mt. Kessler-Fayetteville, AR

The Story of Mt. Kessler and it's eventual preservation is a great example of a public -private partnership done right.   The City of Fayetteville partnered with the Walton Family Foundation to purchase and permanently preserve approximately 378 acres of pristine urban forest land located in Southwest Fayetteville.  The property is home to numerous species of flora and Fauna who will forever be persevered through the City working with many stakeholders and community groups to shepherd this dream to reality.

http://www.nwatrails.org/trail/mount-kessler/

https://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2014/03/31/fayetteville-closes-on-mount-kessler-land/


Connection to history and nature

City of Rogers- Lake Atalanta & The Railyard


Lake Atalanta was originally developed by the City of Rogers in 1936 and served as the main water supply for the City for many years. Over the years Lake Atalanta's importance to the community grew and it became a destination for residents and visitors alike.  In 2012, Mayor Greg Hines developed a vision to restore and revitalize the Lake and surrounding open space.  The City partnered with the Walton Family Foundation to rethink and reimagine the lake and began a design/master planning process.   The planning process lead to the development of over 10 miles of purpose built mountain biking trails, a world-class bike park called The Railyard a network of paved pathways and a world class park and open space.   The project opened in November of 2016 and has received rave reviews. 

 

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Pop-up: Lasting impact

Pilot Protected bike lane project   


This innovative and ambitious project brought pop-up protected bicycle infrastructure to three cities within Northwest Arkansas.   The project was lead by the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning commission who partnered with the Walton Family Foundation, Streetplans as well as the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks.

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2016/11/22/protected-bike-lanes-are-sprouting-up-in-walmart-country/