Paducah/McCracken County has been approved as a Pilot Community for the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership. During the summer of 2019, Paducah/McCracken County and four other selected communities along the Tennessee River will help develop the vision of the Tennessee RiverLine, North America’s next great regional trail system by sharing feedback and new ideas. Paducah applied to the Pilot Community Program because the "River" is Paducah’s heritage and a key economic driver for our manufacturing, logistics, and tourism industries.
The Tennessee RiverLine is a vision for 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, Kentucky. The concept for the Tennessee RiverLine was first proposed in 2016 by a student in the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, School of Landscape Architecture.
The vision is to
Over the next few months as a Pilot Community with the Tennessee RiverLine Partnership, Paducah/McCracken County will focus on three elements:
Once the pilot project is completed, each Pilot Community will receive a summary report of the feedback collected including project recommendations focusing on recreation, stewardship, and river access. Feedback gathered during the pilot community program period will be used to shape the TN RiverLine vision and identify local pilot projects for implementation.
Investment: Over the past seven years, Paducah has invested $7.4 million in infrastructure to support recreational activities along our riverfront. This investment includes
Strategic Plan Initiatives: The City of Paducah’s 2019 Strategic Plan identifies continued riverfront development. Paducah, working with McCracken County, has taken ambitious steps toward implementation, including the recent local adoption of Paducah’s first Tax Increment Finance District.
Connection and Future Opportunities: The Tennessee RiverLine Project connects our community to other communities along the river that have a shared history and will help us envision a more vibrant riverfront. A riverfront that enables all of us to come not just to the river’s edge but to get onto the water and experience Paducah from the river, looking back onto the land. If we change our perspective of Paducah by experiencing it from the river, what new opportunities will open up to us? Opportunties could look like these options:
The Tennessee RiverLine Partnership selected the Pilot Communities from a pool of 17 applicants. The five Pilot Communities are as follows:
An event was held May 15, 2019, at the River Discovery Center to celebrate Paducah/McCracken County's selection as a Pilot Community. The celebration included City of Paducah and McCracken County representatives and partner organizations including BikeWorld, Hooper’s Outdoor Center, River Discovery Center, and Seamen’s Church Institute.
The Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a joint resolution with the McCracken County Fiscal Court to apply as a Pilot Community at its March 26, 2019, Commission meeting.