Florence Moving Forward With River Walk Project

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FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – It’s a million dollar view overlooking Wilson Dam on the north bank of the Tennessee River, and the anchor for the city of Florence’s latest green space project.

Design work is now taking place for a 1.2 mile trail that will eventually connect River Heritage Park to the Singing River Bridge overlook.

“If we can continue to enhance that quality of life, it only grows more and more confidence in our citizens, and boy what a great city we live in,” stated Florence Mayor Mickey Haddock. “And then it also attracts those that are looking at us.”

Haddock said this is the first leg of a two-step expansion project that calls for the trail to continue to McFarland Park.

But Haddock explained this 10-foot wide walkway is a small piece of a much larger picture.

“We envision at some point and time that whole corridor turning into hopefully some type of river walk where this could be the anchor for the private investors to come in above it.”

Mayor Haddock added this step will allow walkers and bikers to continue over the Singing River Bridge and connect with trails in Colbert County for now.

The $2.1 million dollar project is being paid for through a capital projects bond issue.

Design work is expected to be completed by January of next year.

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