Elevate Parks & Recreation (Tree & Green

Western Riverwalk

Updated May 03 2021

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Summary

The Western Riverwalk project will extend the shared-use path from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to the west by approximately 5,500 feet, ending at the Oliver Lock and Dam. This extension will provide additional access to the riverfront, recreational amenities, better connectivity, and opportunities for private investment on adjacent properties. This project has been awarded two grants totaling over $15 million: one through the U.S. Department of Transportation's BUILD program and another through the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs’ Recreational Trails 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 North Campus 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

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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Project Materials
Costs

Cost Summary

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Spent:

$232,040

Approved:

$1,611,049

Budget:

Pending Planning/Design

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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
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Overall Funding

Funding Summary

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Elevate Tuscaloosa Fund:

$6,230,000

Other City Funds:

$348,801

External Funding:

$15,400,000

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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.

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