Community Invited to Tennessee RiverLine 652 to YOU Event on August 15

Update (August 15, 2019):  The Tennessee RiverLine 652 to YOU public event will be from 5 until 7 p.m. at Paducah City Hall (300 South 5th Street). It had to be moved to City Hall due to scheduling conflicts at the Library. 

Everyone is invited to attend a public community engagement and visioning event for the Tennessee RiverLine Pilot Community Project.  Paducah/McCracken County is one of five pilot communities working to develop a continuous system of multi-modal trail experiences such as paddling, hiking, and biking along the 652-mile Tennessee River from Knoxville, Tennessee, to Paducah.  The event, Tennessee RiverLine 652 to YOU, will be Thursday, August 15 from 5 until 7 p.m. at Paducah City Hall located at 300 South 5th Street.

The Tennessee RiverLine is considered to be North America’s next great regional trail system.  At the 652 to YOU event, community members will participate in activities, review displays, and provide feedback on current river access and usage.  Plus, ideas are encouraged regarding the river’s economic, social, and environmental development.

Paducah Main Street Director Katie Axt is coordinating the Tennessee RiverLine project for Paducah.  Axt says, “Paducah’s riverfront has wonderful existing recreational activities, including the greenway trail, the transient boat dock, and the riverboat cruises. The Tennessee RiverLine is a great opportunity to engage Paducah’s stakeholders and the public on envisioning new ways to promote these assets, draw more people to the river and onto the water, and connect Paducah to other communities along the Tennessee River that have a shared history.”

Axt adds, “We encourage everyone to come out on August 15 for the public engagement session at the Library.  Come share your ideas and meet others who want to build a dynamic riverfront experience.”

If you are planning to attend the event, registration is encouraged at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/652-to-you-paducah-mccracken-county-community-event-tickets-63774879381.

In May, the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership selected the Pilot Communities from a pool of 17 applicants.  The five Pilot Communities are as follows:   

  • Paducah/McCracken County, Kentucky;
  • Roane County, Tennessee;
  • Bridgeport, Alabama;
  • The Shoals, Alabama (Florence-Muscle Shoals MSA); and
  • Benton County, Tennessee. 

The City of Paducah’s partners for the Tennessee RiverLine project are McCracken County and the River Discovery Center.  In addition to the 652 to YOU event, as a Pilot Community with the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership, the City of Paducah will hold a community leader workshop and a survey and engagement tool for members of the public who cannot attend the event.  In October, each Pilot Community will receive a summary report of the feedback collected including project recommendations focusing on recreation, stewardship, and river access. 

From its beginnings as an idea in the University of Tennessee School of Landscape Architecture, the Tennessee RiverLine has transformed into a project with more than two dozen partners including the National Park Service, Tennessee State Parks, and Tennessee Valley Authority.  The plan is for the Tennessee RiverLine to serve as a catalyst for economic, social and environmental growth across four states while connecting communities and celebrating the history, beauty and diversity of the Tennessee River Valley.  For more information, visit www.tnriverline.org.

652 to YOU Event graphic

Date of release:  July 26, 2019

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