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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (February 2, 2023) – Officials on Jan. 31 dedicated two additional miles of paved pedestrian walkways along the North Murfreesboro Greenway, increasing the total of five miles of greenway area designated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District for was built public recreation in the municipality.

The celebrations highlighted the extension of the Walter Hill trail and improvements to the popular 18-mile Twin Forks Equestrian Trail.

Kent Syler, a political science professor at Middle Tennessee State University and chair of Special Projects as a member of the Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Commission, thanked former Congressman Bart Gordon and Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland for their leadership and work establishing the Greenway system . He also credited former Senator Lamar Alexander and the Corps of Engineers for the latest Greenway achievement that will benefit Middle Tennessee.

“I had the opportunity to come out here and walk this greenway on Saturday. It was nice. And I’ll tell you what — everyone’s going to love it,” Syler said. “It has a great distance, and appropriately, it has no end. It has a loop.”

Syler said the larger vision for the greenway is to eventually connect it to the greenway at Smyrna and then to LaVergne and eventually join the Nashville system.

“Each of these tape averages brings us a little bit closer,” Syler said.

The City of Murfreesboro and the US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District signed an agreement in July 2014 to design and build improvements to the trail system and support facilities at upper J. Percy Priest Lake along the East Fork of the Stones River. The dedication of the first phase of the project took place on December 14, 2016 and included three miles of new trails, a combined equestrian and multipurpose park facility at Coleman Farm and a new connection to the Twin Forks Equestrian Trail.

Kovilic Construction of Franklin Park, Illinois built phase two of the greenway improvements. The work started in November 2021 and ended at the end of December 2022.

Lt. Col. Joseph Sahl, commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, thanked Murfreesboro officials, community partners, stakeholders and Corps employees for the vision and teamwork that made the Greenway Extension a reality. He also addressed the importance of projects that make the most of green spaces.

“I want to make sure the Corps is an effective partner when we do these kinds of (environmental) projects that responsibly serve the people of this great community,” Sahl said.

The second phase of the project was awarded $2.2 million in fiscal 2020 for the trail extension and the flat and level sections of the bridleway. Also, as a safety feature, fences were added between sections where pedestrians and horse riders would pass in close proximity.

Ramune Matuliauskaite, Nashville County Project Manager, said the project ran smoothly with no issues or changes.

“The biggest challenge was meeting ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) requirements along a steep section of the greenway,” said Matuliauskaite.

Murfreesboro signed a 99-year lease with the Corps of Engineers for the use of public lands and will be responsible for the operations and maintenance of the completed greenway.

After the ceremony, those in attendance were able to walk along the path to the lookout points to enjoy the scenery on the new stretch of greenway.

Margie Jared of Murfreesboro said she’s looking forward to the newest stretch of greenway because she really enjoys walking the trails with her husband Bob.

Laney Ware of Murfreesboro added that she is grateful for the improvements to the bridleway, as it is the only bridleway known to be ridable in Rutherford County. She brought her horse “Professor” to the inauguration and they attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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