The City of Booneville has received approval last week for a proposal to spend more than $100,000 in grant funds from the Arkansas Highway Department to complete bridge work between the two city parks and install sidewalks on Seventh Street.
The approval was the second spending plan revision.
The grant was initially written, and approved, to pay for the bridges to connect a walking trail between Veteran’s and Marcelle Phillips city parks, but the bridges were installed prior to the Booneville Development Corporation/South Logan County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Featherston learning the grant was approved.
The first revised plan called for the bridge tie-ins and lighting for the parks, but that was denied Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins said recently.
Along with completing the bridge tie-ins, the approved plan will installation of sidewalks along Seventh Street from the Boys & Girls Club to McCandless.
Once completed, the city will feature sidewalk transportation between all schools.
There is currently sidewalk from Eighth and McCandless to Pine Street connecting to sidewalks to the high school. There is also already a sidewalk off Eighth to the junior high.
With the bridges complete there will also be sidewalks from downtown to each of the schools as well.
Although the bridges are usable now, the tie-ins are necessary to make passage safer and provide access for golf carts — the bridges were built wide enough for carts of those who may wish to play the disc golf course which spans both parks and the connecting trail, but are physically limited.
Like the bridges, the disc golf course is also usable, however the cages are not marked and there is no course layout posted. The cages are also rough.