|Updated: 6/02/2012 1:18 am
||Published: 6/01/2012 4:08 pm
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Leaders in central Arkansas committed on Friday to expanding the Arkansas River Trail by more than six times its current distance.
Metroplan, a long range transportation planning organization, says the trail will now run 88 miles through Pulaski, Perry and Faulkner County.
On Friday, city leaders and county judges involved in the project took part in a signing ceremony for a "memorandum of understanding" about the future of the Arkansas River Trail.
The longest portion of the 88 mile loop will run west out Pinnacle Mountain State Park into Roland along Arkansas 300 before heading to Bigelow and eventually Toad Suck Bridge in Conway.
"The trail is already in existence," North Little Rock Mayor Patrick Hays says.
But now the Arkansas River Trail has signage, branding and a commitment from area leaders to continue working to expand and improve it.
For cyclists like Lynn Warren, the expanded trail is just what she is looking for.
"Riding does a lot to clear you mind, especially after a long work day. There are benefits not only physically, but mentally too," Warren says.