LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Plans for the new trailhead facility at the southern terminus of the Delta Heritage Trail (DHT) in Arkansas City, have been expanded thanks to a generous donation from the American Legion Post No. 94.
Group member Robert Moore recently presented Arkansas State Parks with a check for $9,550.67 to fund the building of a plaza and steamship bell display that will be dedicated to veterans.
This trailhead will serve as the primary point-of-beginning for the southern reach of the DHT.
It includes construction of a multi-use building designed in the style of historic rail depots that will house administrative functions, bathhouse facilities, and an open pavilion. Visitors will also enjoy parking improvements, picnic areas, water fountains, a bicycle repair station, two oversized tent pads for camping visitors, and a large group charcoal grill.
Interpretative elements will provide information on the DHT, background on the history surrounding the new building, interpretative wayside panels, and local recreational offerings.
Now with this substantial donation, it will also include a plaza dedicated to all who have served our country. The central feature includes a cast bronze steamship bell donated by Richard and Judith Bixler of Arkansas City, a bronze plaque recognizing the American Legion Post No. 94 donation, and a flagpole.
The trailhead is expected to be fully complete by the end of August and a grand opening is scheduled for October.
Delta Heritage Trail State Park is being built in phases by Arkansas State Parks.
When completed, the trail will stretch from six miles west of Helena and extending via the Mississippi River levee to Arkansas City.
To date, 35 miles of the DHT corridor have been developed, including a 20.6 miles of rail-trail in the northern reach (Helena Junction to Elaine) and a 14.4 mile shared-use roadway in the southern reach (Arkansas City to Rohwer).
Design for the project was completed by ETI, Corp. of Memphis, TN and construction is being undertaken by Davis Development LLC of Monticello, AR.