The Hopkinsville City Council approved spending more than $900,000 to help fund phase-one of the city's Rails-To-Trials project. An additional $100,000 in private donations brings the total investment to $1 million for phase-one.
Mayor Dan Kemp said he’s pleased with the way the council voted and that the walking trail will bring a dramatic improvement to residents’ way of life.
“We are converting an abandoned railroad bed into a walking-biking trail," said Kemp. "The trail will be three miles long, this is just the first phase but eventually it will be eight miles. It will run from the downtown all the way to the south portion of the city, similar to trails in many other cities and I’m delighted we’re going to have one in Hopkinsville now.”
Kemp said the city plans to hold a groundbreaking ceremony on June 27th and hopefully have the trail completed by Thanksgiving for the annual Turkey Trot 5k run.