Updated Feb 22, 2024
Phase 1 of the Northern Riverwalk project begins east of McFarland Boulevard (near the Woolsey-Finnell Bridge) and continues for approximately 3,000 linear feet to the east. It features a park, trailhead, recreational path, pavilion, parking area, playground, and other features. Future phases are anticipated to extend the length of the trail and amenities along the northern riverfront. This phase of the project is made possible by a 19-acre land donation from the Randall family, valued at $2.72 million. Since the park and trailhead were completed, the family made an additional donation for future phases - 6.6-acres valued at $1.9 million.
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
Provide riverfront access in North Tuscaloosa
Create a popular destination that provides recreational opportunities
Improve connectivity by linking the Riverwalk to nearby residential and commercial areas
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Key Milestones & Events
November 2020: project plans were made available to bidders
December 2020: bids opened (view documents here).
January 2021: construction contract awarded to John Plott Company, Inc.
February 2021: construction began
January 2022: ribbon cutting held
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