Razorback Regional Greenway

Northwest Arkansas

The Razorback Regional Greenway is a 36-mile multi-use trail that connects six cities, twenty-three schools and major corporate headquarters in Northwest Arkansas.  The project was awarded on October 20, 2010, a TIGER II grant of $15M with a local match of $15M provided by the Walton Family Foundation.   The overall construction budget was approximately $20M and the project celebrated its Grand Opening in May, 2015!  The client was the Northwest Arkansas Regional Planning Commission.  The Razorback Regional Greenway incorporated a variety of trail development techniques – it has the first Federally Funded cycle track in Arkansas.  The cycle tracks were incorporated on two streets in Springdale, AR and were two-way cycle tracks on streets that were prime candidates for road diets.  The trail also has a section that cantilevers over Spring Creek and there are sections that traverse active cattle ranches and pristine Ozark landscapes.  Dennis Blind was the Co-Project Manager for the Razorback Regional Greenway and in this role led the entire design team’s production of construction documents and personally negotiated with the 129 property owners that were impacted by the trail’s location.  The Razorback Regional Greenway went from dream to reality in 4.5 years!