Bike Trail Debate Between LR and Hot Springs Pedals to the Forefront of Conversation

LITTLE ROCK, ARK. - A recreational bike trail that would connect Little Rock to Hot Springs will be brought up once again Thursday at the Pulaski County Quorum Court Meeting.

A federal grant to match funds for initial designs and planning--didn't have enough support from Pulaski County leaders last month. So the County Judge is trying again.

Thursday , the court will consider a Resolution on the first step toward a paved 65 mile Southwest Trail.  This hiking and biking trail would follow the abandoned Missouri Pacific railroad line connecting eleven communities between three counties.

Starting at the historic Central High School in Little Rock and ending in Hot Springs National Park.

Justice of the Peace Julie Blackwood sponsors the Resolution and says "it will be great for Pulaski County because number one, its going to create jobs."

However, Justice of the Peace Luke McCoy does not support the trail.  "The funding for the majority of the project hasn't been established yet," he says, "we might be getting the cart before the horse in my opinion."

Around the community, many react to the possibility of this new multi-million dollar project.

Marathon Runner Kendall Willmoth: "I know there are funding issues there."

Bobby Bike Hike Manager, Everette Gooch: "The Southwest trail is going to be a huge boom for our local economy and really all of Central Arkasnas"

Ultimately, some hope the Trail gets the green light, while others would like the Quorum Court to hit the brakes on the project.

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