- Associated Press - Saturday, February 18, 2017

PINEVILLE, Mo. (AP) - The Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council and the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission will be meeting to discuss a proposal to connect Jane and Pineville to the Northwest Arkansas trail.

The meeting is expected to take place March 6, the Joplin Globe (https://bit.ly/2lSOlmQ) reported.

The Razorback Greenway trail is 37-miles long and connects to destinations such as the University of Arkansas, malls and shopping centers, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, as well as headquarters for major employers, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Tim Conklin, assistant director of the Northwest Arkansas planning group, says the trail currently ends at Lake Bella Vista, but expansion plans include extending the trail about 8 miles north to the state line. The expansion project is just one of 17 projects the group hopes will further link trail users to other attractions and destinations in the region, including the kayak park in Siloam Springs, Arkansas; the historic Pea Ridge National Military Park in eastern Benton County; and even taking the trail south from Fayetteville for another 12 miles to West Fork, closer to Devil’s Den State Park.

“People are coming there from all over the country,” Nikki Hill, transportation planner for the Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council, said. “Now they have all these wonderful amenities. We can really piggyback off of it.”

Gregg Sweeten, mayor of Pineville, says connecting the trail to Jane and Pineville would be a strong economic boost for the city and McDonald County.

“We’re working on three of our own trails here in town and we would love to be able to tie those in,” he said.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, https://www.joplinglobe.com

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