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Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Western Riverwalk

Updated Jan 23 2023

Latest News

Construction on the pedestrian bridge portion of the project began on 1/16/2023!

Summary

The Western Riverwalk project will provide a shared-use path from Oliver Lock and Dam, extending 5,500 feet toward the east.  This extension will provide additional access to the riverfront, recreational amenities, connectivity, and opportunities for private investment on adjacent properties. Another component of this project is the construction of a new pedestrian bridge that will cross over Jack Warner Parkway and connect River District Park to the future Saban Center and event space. This project has been awarded a grant for $15 million through the U.S. Department of Transportation's BUILD program.  


Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk on the south bank of the iconic Black Warrior River is one of the most popular destinations in the city. The existing 2.5-mile path extends from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on the west side to the area adjacent to Randall Way on the east side. Several parks and amenities also exist along the path. The previous phases of the Riverwalk were constructed according to the original 2003 Riverwalk Master Plan, which was updated in 2018. The updates suggested several new phases for the path. Elevate Tuscaloosa is focusing on two areas– the Western Riverwalk south of the river and the Northern Riverwalk north of the river.

Goals and Impact
  • Enhance and improve access to the riverfront in West Tuscaloosa

  • Promote recreational activities

  • Stimulate private investment

  • Pedestrian bridge will connect River District Park to the future Saban Center and Event Center

Project Updates

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the City of Tuscaloosa a $15 million BUILD grant.  This grant will be used to make additional improvements to the Western Riverwalk and the surrounding areas.  Read the announcement here.

Timeline

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Key Milestones & Events
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Project Materials
Costs

Cost Summary

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Spent:

$1,803,123

Approved:

$14,408,041

Budget:

$21,069,599

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Spent: The amount paid on this project to-date.​

Approved: The amount that has been approved by the City Council to be spent for a specific contract or purpose on this project. In city accounting terms, this is spent + encumbered.

Budget: The total amount of money that the City expects to be spent to complete this project. This amount is only finalized once sufficient planning on the project has been completed.

Financial Information
Cost Details

Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund: City funds dedicated to Elevate Tuscaloosa which are allocated to this project.

Other City Funds: City funds from non-Elevate Tuscaloosa sources allocated to this project.

External Funding: Amounts from sources outside of the city, such as grants, or donations from citizens or private companies.

Overall Funding

Funding Summary

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$5,720,798

Other City Funds:

$348,801

External Funding:

$15,000,000

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Funding Details
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