Originally reported by WVUA 23 News Reporter Haley Whigham

The City of Tuscaloosa was awarded a grant dedicated to the western expansion of the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk. Over $342,000 was provided by the Alabama Department of Economic Community Affairs.

“This is really exciting,” Mayor Walt Maddox said. “It’s 1.75 miles of riverfront trails that will be added to Tuscaloosa and not only is it good for our riverfront development, it’s going to be great for West Tuscaloosa and it fulfills our belief of revitalization of West Tuscaloosa.”

The expansion will connect an existing section of the Riverwalk around the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, providing access to transportation and recreational opportunities to residents of Western Tuscaloosa.

“Just having recreational options is always just a huge deal,” Barrett Elder said. “I know a couple years back we got one of the best biking cities in Alabama and it’s just really great to see that we are putting an emphasis on getting outdoors.”

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said that this new addition to the riverfront is not only good for tomorrow but it’s good for today.

“Communities now are judged by quality of life and if we are going to be competitive now and into the future having a high quality of life matters and having walking trails and recreational opportunities is part of that,” Maddox said.

The city of Tuscaloosa has plans to expand the Riverwalk west and north as part of the Riverwalk’s master plan in the future. The Recreational Trails Program Grant Opportunity will take effect for the 2020 year funding cycle.

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