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Rail Trail Fundraising Press Conference Set for May 23rd

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Today Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp announced a press conference unveiling the latest details on rail trail project fundraising.  The event will be held on Thursday, May 23 at 5:00pm in the Council Chamber of City Hall (located at 101 North Main Street).  Members of the public are invited to attend.

Mayor Kemp stated, “We are excited about the tremendous enthusiasm behind this project and look forward to sharing great news from our community-based fundraising committee’s efforts.  With over 50 distinct donors, the response to this project has been very positive thanks to the ongoing generosity of our town.”

An ambitious community development project, the rail trail project includes conversion of a 5K abandoned railway corridor into safe, accessible greenway space. This proposed public/private collaboration includes connection to an existing riverwalk, rail trail conversion, development of three trailheads and a neighborhood connector. Offering convenient access to users, the trails will include trailheads established adjacent to parks, trails, pavilions, restrooms, play areas, and playgrounds.

The trail system is another key component of our local healthy community initiatives which include recent passage of a city-wide smoke free ordinance, continued investments in complete streets and sidewalk construction. Along with other parks redevelopments getting underway this summer, this first class rail trail addition will greatly enhance recreational opportunities for local residents and area visitors alike.

The press conference and following budget-related Committee of the Whole meeting will be streamed live online and televised live on City TV Channel 12 beginning at 5:00pm.

For additional information on how you can contribute to the rail trail project, contact (270) 890-0200.