Alta Planning + Design led a team of national experts to develop a regional greenways plan for NW Arkansas. The 36-mile greenway will link the six major municipalities of northwest Arkansas, the University of Arkansas, hospitals, commercial centers, and the headquarters of major employers. The new greenway will increase connectivity, drive economic development, improve residents’ health, and help make northwest Arkansas a more attractive place to live, work, and play.
During phase one, Alta/Greenways developed the final alignment and filed a Categorical Exclusion application for the Razorback Greenway. We then assisted the NW Arkansas Regional Planning Commission with securing $15 million in TIGER II Grand funds for the project. Alta provided an extensive cost-benefit analysis to demonstrate the positive economic impact health and air quality improvements generated by the greenway to give the project an edge in a competitive application process. With the successful funding of the project, Alta’s application for the Razorback Greenway has been hailed as a national model for bicycle and pedestrian grant writing.
Alta/Greenways produced construction documents and right-of-way information as part of phase two and are currently managing construction administration, including right-of-way acquisition, for a 16-mile portion of the greenway that runs through the towns of Springdale, Rogers, and Lowell. This portion of the project is funded by the TIGER II Grant award.