"We're about 30 miles in," says Misty Murphy, Regional Trails Coordinator for the NWA Council. "There's a gap in the center."
Although the trail system is not yet complete, Murphy says it's already changing the culture in Northwest Arkansas.
"It has been adopted by our community just at lightning speed," she says. "You see so many groups from kids all the way up to retirees, that are riding and walking and biking around Northwest Arkansas. It's becoming a way of life for people to have healthier, more active lifestyles."
Once Lowell and Springdale complete the final sections, the trail will connect Northwest Arkansas from Lake Bella Vista to South Fayetteville at Walker Park.
"In 2010 we had just a very few number of trails on the ground," Murphy says. "By the end of the year, we're going to have about 100 miles of paved trails and about 200 miles of soft surface trails in Benton and Washington counties."
Construction of the final section of the greenway is set to start in Springdale next week, and the entire project should be complete by the end of 2014.
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