City hosts Frisco Trail ribbon cutting

The last section of multi-use trail connecting the Frisco Trail to the Scull Creek Trail is ready for riding. Or walking. Or dancing. Whatever.

The City of Fayetteville will host a ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. today, Oct. 20 to celebrate the completion of the section of the trail which stretches along the east side of the Arkansas & Missouri Railroad from Spring Street to Maple Street.

This newly completed trail eliminates the need to cut through the Walton Arts Center parking lot and ride along a few streets to get from one side to the other. It will also expand the primary north-south backbone of the trail system to a total of 7.6 miles from MLK Boulevard to Old Missouri Road.

Construction on the project began in May, and according to a news release issued by the city, steep terrain and tight working space has made this section of trail one of the most challenging to construct. The city estimates that about 500 people per day are already using the trail.

Dan Dean is scheduled to perform at the ribbon cutting, and free apple cider will be provided by the management of Maple Street Apartments.

The event will also celebrate three bicycle-friendly awards given by the League of American Bicyclists. In September, the City of Fayetteville received a bronze designation as a Bicycle Friendly Community and Bicycle Friendly Business. Bike City Recyclery received silver designation as a Bicycle Friendly Business.