Parish News

Ribbon cutting planned for extended ART Parkway trail


A ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the extension of the Arthur Ray Teague Parkway multipurpose trail will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 at the trail’s new terminus, the Red River National Wildlife Refuge public boat launch.

General contractor Integrity, Inc. of Shreveport has completed on the 2.1-mile extension located on the west side of the parkway. The new section begins at the former terminus located across from the CenturyLink Center and winds south through a portion of the wildlife refuge.

Cost of the extension was $1.1 million and was funded by the Red River Waterway Commission. The trail is an eight-foot wide asphalt surface and features a new pavilion at the terminus and seats along the way.

Bossier Parish Administrator Bill Altimus said several individuals and groups worked together to get the walkway extension, including the Red River Waterway Commission for providing the funds for engineering, construction and oversight and RRWC members David Jones and Doug Jones for supporting the project.

“We also want to thank Pat Stinson with the Red River Wildlife Refuge for helping us obtain permission from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to construct the trail through their property,” Altimus said.

Bossier City also provided valuable assistance in helping pick up the multi-purpose trail from their termination point, Altimus said.

Commission officials said the project adds another element to the quality of life in the area. The public is invited to attend the Monday ribbon cutting.

This portion of the extended ART Parkway trail winds through the Red River National Wildlife Refuge.

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