Meeting Today For Tennessee River Trails Project
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - The city of Paducah is one of five pilot communities working to develop a 652-mile system of trail experiences along the Tennessee River, and the public is invited to an event Thursday designed to share the vision of the project.

The event, "Tennessee RiverLine 652 to YOU," will be today from 5-7 pm at the McCracken County Public Library.

The Tennessee RiverLine is considered by many to be North America’s next great regional trail system, with plans for paddling, hiking, and biking along the Tennessee River from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah.

At the event, community members will participate in activities, review displays, and provide feedback on current river access and usage. Plus, ideas are encouraged regarding the river’s economic, social, and environmental development.

In May, the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership selected the five pilot communities from a pool of 17 applicants. Besides Paducah/McCracken County, they include Roane County, Tennessee; Bridgeport, Alabama; Florence/Muscle Shoals, Alabama; and Benton County, Tennessee. 
Paducah Main Street Director Katie Axt is coordinating the project for Paducah. Axt said, “Paducah’s riverfront has wonderful existing recreational activities, including the greenway trail, the transient boat dock, and the riverboat cruises. The Tennessee RiverLine is a great opportunity to engage Paducah’s stakeholders and the public on envisioning new ways to promote these assets, draw more people to the river and onto the water, and connect Paducah to other communities along the Tennessee River that have a shared history.”
The City of Paducah’s partners for the Tennessee RiverLine project are McCracken County and the River Discovery Center. In addition to this event, as a pilot community, Paducah will hold a community leader workshop and a survey and engagement tool for members of the public who cannot attend the event. In October, each pilot community will receive a summary report of the feedback collected including project recommendations focusing on recreation, stewardship, and river access. 
The plan is for the Tennessee RiverLine to serve as a catalyst for economic, social and environmental growth across four states while connecting communities and celebrating the history, beauty and diversity of the Tennessee River Valley.

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Published 07:00 PM, Wednesday Aug. 14, 2019
Updated 05:57 AM, Thursday Aug. 15, 2019

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