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
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,”
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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