The city of Conway will lengthen the Stone Dam Creek Trail by more than 40 percent after receiving a matching grant from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) in December.

The trail, which currently begins at the Dave Ward pedestrian overpass and ends at the public parking lot at the Mimosa Street trail head, will see an extension of 1,100 feet making it 3,300 feet.

The city will be responsible for 20 percent of the project costs while the grant will cover 80 percent.

“The Recreational Trails Program will fund $178,000 while the Conway Parks & Recreation Department will supply the city’s match of $44,000 from the Conway Advertising & Promotions fund,” spokesman Bobby M. Kelly III said.

Mayor Bart Castleberry said the extension will help with making Conway more pedestrian-friendly, which he said was one of his goals for 2019.

"Having a pedestrian network connected to schools, parks, shopping areas and other community services is essential to creating a walk-friendly city,” he said. “Building a safe and connected trail network will benefit all citizens, regardless of how they get from point A to point B.”

Eventually, Castleberry said, he wants to extend the trail in three more places when funding is available.

“I have instructed our grants administrator [Candy Jones] to actively seek funding sources for the additional phases of the trail,” Castleberry said.

ArDOT’s Recreational Trails Program provides funding to construct and maintain motorized and non-motorized recreational trails.

For more information about the program, visit https://www.arkansashighways.com/recreational_trails.aspx.