RUSTON, La (News Release) - The City of Ruston is excited to announce that it has been selected, from among 205 applicants, to receive $10,000 from PeopleForBikes toward construction of the Rock Island Greenway. This shared-use walking, running and bicycling path and linear park will eventually run almost 6 miles across the city, on the former railroad right-of-way, connecting businesses, Louisiana Tech, residential areas and recreational amenities.
The city broke ground on the path this month and expects the first phase of the project, stretching from W. Kentucky Avenue south to the Interstate-20 service road, to be completed early next year as part of the Moving Ruston Forward initiative approved by voters in April. This greenway will be the first in North Louisiana. Similar projects elsewhere in the state and across the country have proven transformational.
“We are thrilled to receive this funding from PeopleForBikes and for the
recognition the grant award shows of the value of this project,” said Mayor Ronny Walker. “The Rock Island Greenway will help to make Ruston a safer, healthier, and more appealing place to live for people of all ages and abilities for generations to come.”
PeopleForBike’s funding will be used toward Phase 2 of the project, which extends approximately 2 miles (between W. California and W. Tennessee avenues) through Ward 1.
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