We're Making Connections !
On June 25, 2013, Governor Bill Haslam announced that Atoka had received a $400,000 Transportation Alternatives grant to fund Phase I of the Atoka Greenway Trail project. The plan, to be funded and constructed in stages, aims to provide a multi-use connector between the Town's two parks on Walker Parkway. Phase I of the project will begin at the Walker Park playground and run to a trail head behind the fire station at Walker Parkway and Elizabeth Drive. Click here to view Phase I of the proposed connectivity project.
With Atoka's growth in residential development and the lack of traditional sidewalks in the area, the project will serve as an off-street connector between the two parks. The road connection between the two parks is Walker Parkway – a road that has seen considerable growth in traffic in recent years. Providing an alternate means of accessing the parks from the surrounding residential areas will both enhance pedestrian/bicyclist safety and reduce the vehicular traffic on Walker Parkway.
As our community developed, the Town retained the property off Walker Parkway that will be used to build the connector – allowing the entire project budget to go into actually designing and building the project and not into acquiring land or right-of-way.
This project is important to Atoka. In addition to the benefits of connecting two of the Town's parks, this project would be funded primarily with State and Federal dollars – providing an outstanding return on the Town's investment in the project. Under the 80/20 funding formula of the TEP program, the Town would be funding only twenty cents of every project dollar. This grant funding will allow the Town to complete a project that, on its own, would be all but impossible financially.
For additional information, contact Town Administrator Brian Koral or Parks & Recreation Director Brian Peel at (901) 837-5300.