City officials will celebrate the grand opening of Meadow Valley Trail this week.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the Barton Pavilion at Agri Park, 1167 W. Knapp Street. Refreshments will be provided by Iberia Bank and local musician Dan Dean will supply some live music.
The new trail runs through Agri Park, so walking and biking to the event is encouraged. For those who prefer to drive, parking is available along the east and north sides of the park.
The trail stretches just over two miles west from Scull Creek Trail to Porter Road near the Interstate 540 interchange, providing a link between the backbone of the city’s trail system and the neighborhoods to the west of I-540.
Once state permits are approved, crews will begin construction of an on-street trail along Porter Road which will connect Meadow Valley Trail to the existing bike lanes on Mount Comfort Road.
Here are a few photos we took while riding west from the Scull Creek Trail intersection. The route takes trail users past the University of Arkansas farm trails, the UA’s Agri Park, underneath Garland Avenue, past the Washington County Fairgrounds and the Arkansas Music Pavilion and ends at Porter Road near the I-540 interchange.