HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville’s greenway network is growing! The City of Huntsville and Madison County Commission are opening of new 12-foot wide greenway. The 1.2 mile path is called the Weatherly Multi-use Path and gives pedestrians and bikers a connection from Aldridge Creek Greenway and Weatherly Road to South Memorial Parkway. From there, users can get to Elgie’s Walk along Haysland Road to Hobbs Road. The Weatherly Multi-use Path’s $560,000 price tag was split evenly between the City and County.
District 3 Council Member Jennie Robinson said the new greenway will be a relaxing trail for everyone. “[The new path will give] long-distance runners and bikers an opportunity to experience both the beauty of the Tennessee River and the tranquility of the Hays Farm trails."
To mark the occasion, District 3 Huntsville City Council Member Jennie Robinson, District 5 Madison County Commissioner Phil Riddick, South Huntsville Main and Huntsville Parks & Recreation will host a ribbon cutting and celebratory walk on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. Participants should gather at 8:45 a.m. at Latham United Methodist Church.
Following the 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting, Robinson and Riddick will lead the inaugural Weatherly Walk, to encompass a 2.4-mile loop. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and to bring a hat. Water bottles will be provided.
A $20 million Department of Transportation Grant is going towards the pedestrian access and redevelopment corridor (PARC) project, a long-wished for part of Huntsville's Big Picture. The project will connect the downtown, Mill Creek and Lowe Mill communities via greenways and a suspended pedestrian bridge. The areas are currently separated by U.S. 231 and U.S. 431/AL53, and crossing these is a risky endeavor.
“This project has been a continuous goal for the City since 2006,” said Shane Davis, Huntsville’s Director of Urban & Economic Development. “The completion of the project will provide a safe multimodal hub for pedestrian and bicycle connectivity for multiple areas of Huntsville as well as new downtown recreation opportunities. Over time, the City will use this project to connect north and south Huntsville, Five Points, Lowe Mill, John Hunt Park and even Research Park with alternate modes of mobility.”
Construction is expected to start in 2023.