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City Set to Break Ground on Rail Trail

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Mayor Dan Kemp announced today a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Hopkinsville Greenway System – 5K Rail Trail will be held Thursday, June 27 at 5:15 p.m. near the amphitheater behind the Public Library downtown.  Members of the public are invited to attend. 

Mayor Kemp expressed his sincere appreciation for City’s Council’s continued dedication to investing in Hopkinsville’s quality of life.  He noted, “I am just thrilled to see this project come to fruition after so many years of perseverance on the part of both public and private partners.  With its leadership Council’s leadership last night, this project can move forward quicker allowing for the public to begin using the trail this fall.”  

An ambitious community development initiative, 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 trail will be established adjacent to parks, pavilions, playgrounds, existing trails, and restrooms. 

The trail system is another key component of ongoing local healthy community initiatives.  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. 

For additional information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (270) 890-0200.