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Ashland riverfront trail work gets commission green light

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland commission on Thursday approved the blueprints for a trail extension at the city’s riverfront.

The commission accepted the plan proposed by local architect Kim Jenkins. The city’s park board had given initial approval to the trail last week.

Ashland Public Information Office Joanna King said a start date for construction has not been determined yet.

The work will involve extending the riverfront’s current path to loop under the green and blue bridges.

The new path will add an extra quarter mile to a third of a mile of walking trail. Multiple side trails will also be incorporated that will lead down to the river.

A portion of the path will be made of crumb rubber, which is recycled rubber produced from automotive and truck scrap tires donated by the Boyd County Fiscal Court.

City officials hope the move will spur more foot traffic at the underused riverfront park, where millions of dollars were spent to redevelop and provide a walkway and outdoor seating. The project began in the mid-2000s, but isn’t considered complete.

The city also does not anticipate having any out-of-pocket expenses with the project other than gasoline for excavators and some equipment operator time and labor, according to City Engineer Ryan Eastwood. Local nonprofit Build Ashland has offered to lend volunteers for labor.


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